Hall Of Fame continues fight for Monroe’s mandolin

Bill Monroes prize Gibson F-5 LoarThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum continues with its fight to keep Bill Monroe’s mandolin.

According to a report on WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, the museum has raised about $680,000 of the $1,100,000 needed to keep several prized instruments on display.

In addition to Monroe’s Lloyd Loar mandolin, Mother Maybelle Carter’s Gibson guitar and Johnny Cash’s guitar could both be lost by the museum.

As reported previously, the predicament stems from the forcing of Robert McLean’s estate into bankruptcy. The Murfreesboro investor donated funds for the instruments, but was accused of obtaining the money fraudulently.

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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.