From Rock N’ Roll to Bill Monroe

Tommy Webb is a fine bluegrass singer and songwriter from Bill Monroe’s native state of Kentucky who has a special Monroe tribute song to honor Big Mon’s 100th birthday this year.

Webb has gained some notoriety for his clever original songs and adaptations in the “songs about bluegrass” sub-category. His first was a reworking of Clinton Gregory’s If It Weren’t For Country Music (I’d Go Crazy), where he substituted the word bluegrass for country, and all the references to country artists into ones about grassers.

His new song, From Rock-n-Roll to Bill Monroe, tells a story that may be familiar to a good many readers, that of playing rock music as a youngster, only to graduate eventually to picking and singing grass. Here’s a sample of the track, which will be included on Webb’s next CD in September, and which features Boxcars’ superpickers Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, Adam Steffey on mandolin and Harold Nixon on bass.

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The song is available as a single to radio programmers through New Cuts of Bluegrass and Airplay Direct.

You can find more details about Tommy and his tour schedule online.

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John Lawless

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.