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Blue Moon of Kentucky - Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe

By Mandolin Cafe
January 17, 2011 - 3:45 pm

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Blue Moon of Kentucky - Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe

Blue Moon of Kentucky - Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe

Arcadia, Calif. — Rural Rhythm Records, a label with roots deep in Bluegrass has announced the upcoming release of Blue Moon of Kentucky - Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe.

With 2011 being the year of the 100th anniversary of Monroe's birth, musicians and bluegrass enthusiasts world-wide are honoring the legacy of the Father of Bluegrass Music through special events and recordings of his music.

Blue Moon of Kentucky will be released on January 25 and will feature top award-winning musicians including Mike Scott, Adam Steffey, Bryan Sutton, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Aubrey Haynie, Mike Compton and Ben Isaacs performing some of Monroe's finest compositions and favorite tunes in an instrumental setting.

Selections include:
Uncle Pen
Bluegrass Breakdown
Footprints in the Snow
Blue Moon of Kentucky
John Henry
Kentucky Waltz
My Rose of Old Kentucky
Bill Cheatham
Road to Columbus
Molly & Tenbrooks
Precious Memories
Ole Joe Clark
Lonesome Road Blues
Jerusalem Ridge
Crying Holy
Gold Rush
I Saw the Light
Swing Low Sweet Chariot

"I am honored to have produced and performed on this 100th Anniversary Tribute project to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass," says Mike Scott. "At the onset, it was my goal to capture a bluegrass sound that Bill would be proud of; a sound that runs deep in heritage and is true to tradition. The sessions were more than fun as tunes were laid down with great excellence and seemingly little effort. In a sense, we are all Bluegrass Boys. Bill mentored us well."


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Scott Tichenor
January 17, 2011 03:49 PM
I have to say it: Wow. Compton channeling Monroe... this is good stuff.
January 17, 2011 04:05 PM
Can't wait to get this one! Will wait patiently for hard copy version.
Kirk Albrecht
January 17, 2011 04:22 PM
Mmmm ... this one will be tasty!
January 17, 2011 06:02 PM
Those sound clips are really great. I sure do appreciate Mr. Compton doing Mr. Monroe.

John Kinn
January 17, 2011 06:25 PM
Jamie;maybe I'm just stupid, but where are the sound clips?
Ed Goist
January 17, 2011 06:47 PM
Hi John; short sample clips are available here:

"My Rose of Old Kentucky" is my favorite, Compton is off the hook!
January 17, 2011 07:31 PM
Also on the Cafe MP3 page.

Mike Bunting
January 17, 2011 11:58 PM
This cd was released 3 or 4 years ago by Maple Street Music. This new release has 6 tunes added. The original has always gotten played a lot here. Another that should be re-released is the Little Grascals, another great project that Tater was involved in.
January 18, 2011 07:17 AM
+1 on that Little Grascals. Lots of iconic Compton sounds on there. Maybe my favorite Dusty Miller of all time.

Amazon has it:
March 05, 2011 01:04 PM
Gary Henderson played "Road to Columbus" off this CD today on his WAMU show (I listen on the internet over here across the pond)... two notes on the mando break and I said "Mike Compton!!" It's nice when a mandolinist has a signature sound that no one can really imitate -- like Herschel's bounce or Buzz' tremolo.

Gary mentioned the name of the project, I searched around the net and found this thread. Somehow I missed it the first time. I see from Amazon that there are 18 songs (for only $7!), six of which have Adam Steffy and the others MC. For a big spender like me :-) this is a no-brainer.
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