I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #72

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.

  • December 11, 1936 Mitchell Land was born in Koufman County, Texas. Land played with the Blue Grass Boys for a short time in the mid.1960s.

When Byron Berline was playing fiddle for Bill Monroe, Mitch Land, who met Berline through Alan Munde, played guitar on some of the same dates. However, Land’s primary instrument was the mandolin.

Later he was one of three Dallas area bluegrass musicians – with his brother Louis ‘Bosco’ Land and Harless ‘Tootie’ Williams – who, in 1965, joined up with Munde to form the Stone Mountain Boys, a band that had an album released on Briar-Tacoma Records.

In 1975 Land moved from Texas to Wyoming where he went to work in the oil business.

A virtuoso picker, who could play blues licks like Monroe or cross-pick like Jesse McReynolds, Land died in 2003 of heart problems and other complications.

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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.

  • I met Mitch in 1969. That’s my photo of him at the Old South Jamboree in Walker, La., playing with the Stone Mtn. Boys, Byron Berline, and Allen Shelton. He was a great Monroe-style picker.
    There are more photos at http://frobbi.org/slides/La1969, some backstage music at http://frobbi.org/walker.html and a magazine article at http://frobbi.org/bujun2010

  • t-land-greene

    Mitchell Land, (who I called Daddy) was truly an inspiration to bluegrass music. I never really appreciated the music until I was grown. When I was a child we were always going to festivals, jam sessions…. I played w/ Shelton’s kids, Tootie Williams’ kid… and we all watched our daddies on stage, but none of us really appreciated the music, just the fun times! Now, as an adult I appreciate the music, the pickers, what passion they had for the music.

    Daddy became ill in his later years of life, he lost sight in one eye, his poor body grew weak, but when he lost feeling and control in his hands/fingers and couldn’t play- that just broke his heart! Sometimes he would just and hold his mandolin- remembering.

    I am so thankful for blogspots as these who make it easy to view pics, hear music, hear stories and remember! God Bless!