VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Live At Bean Blossom,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.
A lot of musical tributes have been paid to Bill Monroe during the centennial of his birth on Sept. 13, 1911.
Rural Rhythm decided to honor “the father of bluegrass music” with a live recording from Bean Blossom, Ind., the music park and campgrounds Monroe bought in 1951.
He created his own bluegrass festival there in 1967 and continued to perform there annually until his death in 1996.
Twelve bands are featured on the tribute album, either performing songs written by Monroe or songs closely associated with him.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out perform a rousing version of “Uncle Pen,” Monroe’s musical tribute to his uncle and mentor, James Pendleton Vandiver.
Lou Reid & Carolina take on “Can’t You Hear Me Calling,” Monroe’s song about his separation from and longing for his longtime companion Bessie Lee Mauldin.
Brand New Strings performs Monroe’s dramatic instrumental, “Southern Flavor,” the title cut of the album that won him the first bluegrass Grammy.
Grasstowne does an a capella version of the gospel classic, “Were You There.”
Audie Blaylock & Redline take on the blazing “Six Feet Under The Ground.”
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press do Monroe’s classic, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Blue Moon Rising does an excellent cover of Monroe’s “Body & Soul.”
Also featured are the Lonesome River Band’s version of “Footprints in the Snow”; the Bartley Brothers’ “Big Mon”; Carolina Road’s “This World Is Not My Home”; Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition’s “Bluegrass Breakdown”; and Wasson and McCall’s “Molly and Tennbrooks.”
A strong Monroe tribute album.
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