Today is a special day for those of us who love bluegrass music. Back on September 13, 1911, on a farm near
, Bill Monroe was born. He would have been 100 today. He had passed away back on September 9, 1996 but his music lives on. He was known as the “father of bluegrass music”. He was the one most responsible for bringing the music of the mountains out where everyone could enjoy it. Of course he did refine some of it. Rosine, Kentucky
Did you know that Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt played in Bill Monroe’s band from 1945 to 1948, which gave them a start in the music industry? Some of the other musicians that got their start in Bill Monroe’s band are Carter Stanley, Sonny Osbourne, Vassar Clements, and Ricky Skaggs. The farm where he was born is now the site of huge yearly bluegrass festival and also the site of “The Cumberland Highlanders” TV show that televises bluegrass music and the show I watch every Saturday night at 20:30 on RFDTV.
Here is link to one of my favorite songs that he did. He sings the first part slow then ups the tempo:
He has won so many awards and his music has influenced other types of music from county and western to rock. I have told you before, that my satellite radio is tuned permanently to the bluegrass station. I love bluegrass, but do enjoy other types of music, also.
You all have a good day today and listen to some bluegrass, and I am sure your foot will be tapping to the music..