Yet more about Bean Blossom

As many will know, this past week Dwight Dillman has been presenting the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground in Brown County, Indiana.

On Thursday (6/16) the Indiana public media TV station WTIU posted two videos from The Weekly Special show series, each of which focusses on Bill Monroe and the Memorial Music Park and Campground.

In the first, co-hosts Pam Thrash and Joe Hren introduce retired Indiana State Trooper and long-time friend of Bill Monroe Jim Peva, who shares the story of how he came to know the Father of Bluegrass and acts as a guide as he tours Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Country Star Museum.

The second clip shows exclusive, never-before-seen footage of the 1986 Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and an interview with The Father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, shot on-location at his Tennessee farm.

This video, shown courtesy of Jim Krause and Michael White, includes music and interviews from banjo ace Doug Dillard and Sharon White, of the Whites, as they were then.

This week’s festival ends today, Saturday (6/18).

For more information about these and other program visit

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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.