Tag: Bill Monroe

Johnny Montgomery passes

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Johnny Thelbert Montgomery, bass player with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, passed away on September 4, 2015, in Watertown (part of Lebanon), Tennessee. He was 87 years old. Montgomery was the eldest boy of 16 children. Music was his first love and he played the […]


On This Day #44 – Fincastle Bluegrass Festival

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day … Starting on Friday, September 3, 1965, the first Fincastle Bluegrass Festival, in Fincastle, Virginia, took place. “Wow, hard to believe it’s been fifty years ago …  I was there for both of Carlton’s first multi-day festival in 1965 and 1966.” (Gary […]


My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nehi Records, a British label dedicated to producing audiophile quality remasters of early American folk music, has released a three-disc set titled My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean: British Songs In The USA. It contains 75 tracks captured from roughly 1920 through to 1945. Included are […]


Butch Robins, video star

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Butch Robins presents – Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form Produced and directed by Bud Bennett, Radford University Conceived, written and hosted by Butch Robins If you like bluegrass history, you will positively “waller” in this video […]


Count Your Blessings: Bluegrass Songs for your Thanksgiving Weekend

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but every year, Thanksgiving ranks higher and higher on my list of favorite holidays. And every year, as Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier, it frustrates me more that Thanksgiving continues to be pushed aside. Thanksgiving is the only […]


Lonesome and Then Some… Larry Sparks

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

When did you first hear the music of Larry Sparks? That seems like a good question to ponder as we consider his latest album, Lonesome and Then Some… A Classic 50th Celebration. For me it was 40 years ago, sometime in 1974 after the release of […]


Bluegrass murals popping up in Nashville

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When you travel to Berry Hill in Tennessee, you may walk away unsure if you had visited a city or a neighborhood. In truth, it’s both, as Berry Hill is an independently-chartered city in Davidson County which is also part of Nashville’s consolidated metro government. They maintain […]


The new Monroe Mandolin Camp

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s decision to broaden the scope of their mandolin camp rather than continue to specialize in the Monroe style, master mandolin player Mike Compton has decided to set up a camp to fill the void. The first of these new […]


Southern Flavor in the studio

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dark Shadow Recordings and Becky Buller have out together a fun video that tells the story of her latest single, a remake of Bill Monroe’s Southern Flavor. The song was written as an instrumental, and recorded that way by Bill and the Bluegrass Boys. Subsequent […]


On This Day #32 – Lester Flatt Centennial

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day …. On June 19, 1914, Lester Flatt was born in Duncan’s Chapel, Overton County, Tennessee. Had he lived until today he would be 100 years old. Lester Raymond Flatt, the singer and guitarist (and occasional mandolin player), first came to prominence as […]