More Monroe stampers out west

Bill Monroe stamp campaignDon’t think we have forgotten about the Bill Monroe Stamp Campaign, just because we haven’t mentioned in a few months!

A great many folks are collecting signatures on a petition to have Bill Monroe honored with a commemorative stamp from the US Postal Service.

Peter Thompson, long time host of Bluegrass Signal on KALW in San Francisco, sent along these photos he took at the California Bluegrass Association’s Grass Valley Festival in June. Bluegrass Signal airs Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on KALW, and is also broadcast several times each week on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.

Here’s the report Peter sent along with the photos:

Randy Pitts signs the Bill Monroe Stamp petition while Laurie Lewis waits her turn“Here’s Randy Pitts (late of Keith Case, previously of the Freight & Salvage and other venerable organizations) signing the Monroe stamp petition as Laurie Lewis looks on.

Kathy Kallick signs the Bill Monroe Stamp petition at Grass Valley 2009Laurie had already signed.

Then Randy watches Kathy Kallick sign the petition in front of the Vern’s Stage, where Kathy & Laurie had just finished a tribute to Vern & Ray.”

We can all get involved in this effort. Anyone can download a copy of the petition, collect signatures, and send them on to the Postal Service. There is a web site with information about this campaign at, and here are links to the various resources you need to take part.

Completed petitions should be mailed to:

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Mr. Terrance W. McCaffrey
Manager of Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
1735 N. Lynn Street #5013
Arlington, VA 22209-643

Get on board!

Terry Baucom signing the Bill Monroe Stamp petition at the High Country Bluegrass Festival in Boone, NCUPDATE 10:00 a.m. –  Cindy Baucom sent along this photo of hubby Terry Baucom signing the Bill Monroe Stamp petition at the High Country Bluegrass Festival in Boone, NC in July.

She told us that 10 pages of signatures were collected at the festival.

If you have news and/or photos of any efforts on behalf of the Bill Monroe Stamp campaign, please contact us.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.