I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #244

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.

  • June 1, 1972 LP released – Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen (Decca DL 7-5348) *
  • June 1, 1979 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys played The Magnolia State Bluegrass Festival at the Stone Country Music Park, Wiggins, Mississippi.
  • June 1, 1991 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys appeared at the quaintly named One More Bluegrass Festival at River Bend Music Park, Crum, West Virginia.

*Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen, 11 Tracks

Monroe pays tribute to his legendary uncle, Pendleton Vandiver, playing a lively set of old-time tunes that Uncle Pen played when Bill Monroe was a boy. Sharing the fiddle duties are Kenny Baker, Red Hayes, Buddy Spicher and Tommy Williams.

Track listing – Jenny Lynn, Methodist Preacher, Goin’ Up Caney, The Dead March, The Lee Weddin’ Tune, Poor White Folks, Candy Gal, Texas Gallop, The Old Gray Mare Came Tearing Out Of The Wilderness, Heel And Toe Polka and Kiss Me Waltz.

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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.