Farewell to the Father

Bill Monroe, farewell - photo by Art Meripol (prints available at www.artmeripol.com)Bluegrass fans worldwide recall today’s date (September 9) as the anniversary of Bill Monroe’s passing in 1996. Just four days hence, we celebrate his birthdate in 1911.

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has a week full of special programming to remember the Father Of Bluegrass, starting on Sunday (9/13). Here are a few highlights to watch for:

  • David Peterson: Bluegrass Country Master Class, on the music of Bill Monroe, circa 1946 – Sunday 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Dick Spottswood: Happy Birthday Mr. Bill, featuring Monroe’s music as he and other artists — Johnny Cash, Maddocks Brothers, Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Everly Brothers and the Stanley Brothers – have recorded it. Sunday 1:00 p.m.
  • Katy Daley – Road To Rosin. Katy tells of her pilgrimage to Monroe’s homeplace. Sunday 6:00 p.m.

These shows will repeat throughout the week, along with many others dedicated to Bill Monroe, his legacy and his music. You can catch Bluegrass Country streaming online 24/7, and see a complete list of programs and airtimes on their web site.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.