I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #246

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 3, 1966 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys played at the historic Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Among the wide variety of goods that came into Liverpool during the middle part of the last century was a taste for classic country and bluegrass music. Bill Monroe would have felt very comfortable performing in this home away from from home.

While mentioning events from the past we shouldn’t forget that Bill Monroe’s centennial year is being marked with several commemorative events during 2011.

Two take place or start today …

The first is the weekly Rosine Barn Jamboree that takes place at the historic barn in Bill Monroe’s hometown. It takes place every Friday night beginning at 7pm and lasts until the music stops. The Barn is located on Blue Moon of Kentucky Highway (US 62E), Rosine, Kentucky. For more information, call 270-274-5552.

Starting today and continuing through to tomorrow is the 17th Annual Bardstown Bluegrass Festival, White Acres Campground, Highway 62, Bardstown, Kentucky. There are performances by Bluegrass 101, Cumberland River, Lonesome Meadow, Kati Penn and Newtown, Hurley Ridge, Jerry Butler & The Blu-J’s and Wolf Creek Grass.

Bill Monroe’s legacy is celebrated across the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the numerous bluegrass festivals that take place every year. These events are a testimony to the heritage of The Father of Bluegrass Music.

For information about all the events taking place this year in Kentucky celebrating Monroe’s life and music, visit the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration website.

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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.