I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #117

From October 1, 2010 through to the end of September 2011, we will, each day, celebrate the life of Bill Monroe by sharing information about him and those people who are associated with his life and music career. This information will include births and deaths; recording sessions; single, LP and CD release dates; and other interesting tidbits. Richard F. Thompson is responsible for the research and compilation of this information. We invite readers to share any tidbits, photos or memories you would like us to include.

  • January 25, 1939 Don Gray Lineberger was born in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee. *
  • January 25, 2011 Various Artists CD released – Blue Moon of Kentucky – Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe (Rural Rhythm Records RUR CD 1075). **

* The left-handed banjo player was a member of the Blue Grass Boys during the 1964 / September 1965 period.

He was involved in one recording session while working for Bill Monroe, that on March 16 1965, recording The Long Black Veil, I Live In The Past and There’s an Old, Old House.

** As part of Rural Rhythm’s tribute to Bill Monroe during this centennial year, the label released an 18–track album produced by Mike Scott. Other top award-winning musicians playing on the album are Brian Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs and Rob Ickes.

Track listing – Uncle Pen, Bluegrass Breakdown, Footprints in the Snow, Blue Moon of Kentucky, John Henry, Kentucky Waltz, My Rose of Old Kentucky, Bill Cheatham, Road to Columbus, Molly and Tenbrooks, Precious Memories, Ole Joe Clark, Lonesome Road Blues, Jerusalem Ridge, Crying Holy, Gold Rush, I Saw the Light and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

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About the Author

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.