Blue Grass Boys on A Prairie Home Companion

The universally popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, is to feature Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys next month.

While activities to mark the centennial of Bill Monroe’s birth look to be taking place right through to the end of the year, Garrison Keillor’s popular show will present a special edition on November 5 that will feature a live broadcast performance by some of the remaining Blue Grass Boys. The program staged at the CFSB Center, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, will be broadcast at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Blue Grass Boys who are scheduled to play during this special performance celebrating Bill Monroe and his music are Roland White (played guitar with the Blue Grass Boys from 1967 to 1969) [mandolin]; Blake Williams (1981 to 1991) and Bob Black (1974 to 1976) [banjo]; Bobby Hicks (1954 to 1956 and 1958 to 1959) and Richard Greene (1966 to 1967) [fiddle]; Tom Ewing (1986 to 1988 and 1989 to 1996) and Peter Rowan (1964 to 1967) [guitar]; and Mark Hembree (1979 to 1984) [bass].

Joining those eight Blue Grass Boys are two other musicians who performed with Monroe at various times in the latter part of his 60 year long career; Stuart Duncan [fiddle] and great friend of Monroe’s singer Kathy Chiavola.

The broadcast times for the program will vary according to local stations decisions and schedules, so you are advised to check your radio listings for the broadcast times in your area.

Live performance tickets and venue information can be found online.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.