I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #43

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.

  • November 12, 1977 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys played the Bluegrass 77 show at the University Of Maryland, Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland. Among the other bands featured were Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass, Jimmy Martin and his band, the Sunny Mountain Boys, Seldom Scene, The Country Gentlemen, Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys and J D Crowe and the New South.

Quote ….  on his sidemen, Big Mon commented once:

“…each man with me has had his chance; and when he was with me, he would have been hard to beat. They was all good in their day, and I give every man credit. And here’s another thing: you might have the finest guitar player in the world, but he might be a man that really wanted beer and whiskey. The next man that come along might not be hardly that good, but still be a good, clean honest man. You have to figure that out, you see, and see which one would really be the best for you to work with every day.”

And here’s a bit of Southern Flavor:

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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.