I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #359

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.

September 24, 1936 Paul ‘Moon’ Mullins was born in Frenchburg, Menifee County, Kentucky. (August 3) *

September 24, 1961 Neil Rosenberg played his first date as a Blue Grass Boy, filling in on banjo. (see September 12)

September 24, 2002 CD released – The Bluegrass Album Band – Lonesome Moonlight: Bluegrass Songs of Bill Monroe (Rounder 82161-0346-2) (see October 4) **

* Mullins has helped Bill Monroe on some dates, playing fiddle.

** Bluegrass Album Band – Lonesome Moonlight: Bluegrass Songs of Bill Monroe, 12 tracks

“Rounder gives us what we crave in today’s world of bluegrass. Take for instance The Bluegrass Album Band featuring Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips, Vassar Clements and Mark Schatz takes us way back to the old home of good ole mountain music…well friends you ain’t heard nothing yet. Bill Monroe’s music has lasted longer than some of the genres in today’s music. His style is so true that each song takes you on another journey of O Brother, Where Art Thou timeless tradition.

Some stand outs need to be mentioned ~ On My Way back to the Old Home, always tried and true arrangements ~ Molly & Tenbrooks, moving tune with a Monroe signature stamp. Entire troupe of The Bluegrass Album Band sends chills of soulful performances that will keep you coming back for more.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to the entire album and let me know what your picks were. If you do, why not give a listen to some other albums coming your way from Rounder. Let’s take some Flatt & Scruggs with Down The Road or how about the bluegrass songs of the Stanley Brothers with Long Journey Home, all in the same vain with mountain music leading the way…gotta love it!”  Total Time: 35:07

Jim Lovins

 Track Listing – On My Way Back to the Old Home, I Believe in You Darling, Cheyenne [Instrumental], Letter From My Darlin’, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz [Instrumental], When You Are Lonely, Sitting Alone in the Moonlight, Molly & Tenbrooks, On the Old Kentucky Shore, Brown County Breakdown [Instrumental], Toy Heart and River of Death.

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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.