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Bill Monroe 100th Year Celebration - Live at Bean Blossom

By Mandolin Cafe
November 8, 2011 - 2:45 pm

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Bill Monroe 100th Year Celebration - Live at Bean Blossom

Bill Monroe 100th Year Celebration - Live at Bean Blossom

Arcadia, Calif. — Rural Rhythm has announced the release of Bill Monroe 100th Year Celebration - Live at Bean Blossom.

The recording is a celebration of a man, a date, and a place. The man: William Smith "Bill" Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music. The date: September 13, 1911, when Monroe was born in Ohio County, Kentucky. The place: Bill's 55-acre country music park in the tiny town of Bean Blossom, Indiana.

This Rural Rhythm project is unique in presenting twelve inspired live bluegrass music recordings, all made at Bean Blossom during the 45th annual June festival. Each band performed at least three Monroe-inspired numbers: secular, gospel, and instrumental.

"Given the influence of Bill Monroe on the musicians in each band, and the depth of their appreciation for him and his art, the results of these sessions are truly extraordinary. Even the most familiar of Monroe's well-known compositions comes across in this tribute with palpable freshness and excitement, and the on-stage comments of the musicians and the audible audience response reveal their mutual delight at taking part in this commemoration," wrote Tom Adler who provided the extensive liner notes for the album and is the author of the 2011 publication Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals.

Uncle Pen - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Can't You Hear Me Calling - Lou Reid and Carolina
Southern Flavor - Brand New Strings
Were You There - Grasstowne
Footprints in the Snow - Lonesome River Band
Six Feet Under the Ground - Audie Blaylock & Redline
Big Mon - The Bartley Brothers
Body & Soul - Blue Moon Rising
Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
This World Is Not My Home - Carolina Road
Bluegrass Breakdown - Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Molly & Tenbrooks - Wasson & McCall (Featuring J. D. Crowe)

The album was produced by Sammy Shelor of the Lonesome River Band with Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano II serving as Executive Producer. On-site production staff included: Tom Feller and Dale Perry (live recording engineers); park's owner, Dwight Dillman (Event Executive); and Sammy Passamano III (Video Producer).

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