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A Classic Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe Released by Rounder

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Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration - A Classic Bluegrass Tribute/Rounder/Burlington, MA - Bill Monroe was both the father of bluegrass music and one of the genre's most prolific writers, with a legacy that remains a benchmark for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Monroe created a distinctive music, a genre of its own that proved itself compelling and enduring. Over 60 years after its birth, bluegrass is as healthy as it's ever been, with 500 festivals each year around the United States, and bands in more than two dozen other countries.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monroe's birth, on August 23 Rounder will release a 2-disc 28-track set, with performances by an all-star roster of Rounder's top bluegrass artists, including Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Dailey & Vincent, and The Bluegrass Album Band. Dailey & Vincent's version of "Close By" was recorded specifically for this album.

This year there are many celebrations going on and this Rounder release is a great contribution. From this year's IBMA Fan Fest to the International Bluegrass Music Museum to regional and local activities, the father of Bluegrass music is being recognized. Rounder has been responsible for a significant volume of bluegrass on the market. This release will be a welcome addition to any bluegrass collection.

Complete Track Listing:
Disc 1

  1. "Tall Timber" - The Bluegrass Album Band
  2. "Will You be Loving Another Man" - The Grascals
  3. "Dark as the Night, Blue as the Day" - Michael Cleveland with Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill
  4. "Cheyenne" - The Bluegrass Album Band
  5. "Close By" - Dailey & Vincent
  6. "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling" - Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys
  7. "Shenandoah Breakdown" - Wyatt Rice
  8. "My Florida Sunshine" - Claire Lynch
  9. "I'm Blue I'm Lonesome" - Nashville Bluegrass Band
  10. "Toy Heart" - Ricky Skaggs
  11. "Wheel Hoss" - The Bluegrass Album Band
  12. "On the Old Kentucky Shore" - The Bluegrass Album Band
  13. "Come Back to Me in My Dreams" - Al Jones and Frank Necessary & The Spruce Mountain Boys
  14. "Wicked Path of Sin" - Blue Highway

Disc 2

  1. "Old Brown County Barn" - Michael Cleveland
  2. "You'd Better Get Right" - The Vern Williams Band
  3. "Voice From on High" - Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys
  4. "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - The Bluegrass Album Band
  5. "Dog House Blues" - Nashville Bluegrass Band
  6. "Walls of Time" - The Johnson Mountain Boys
  7. "Big Mon" - Tony Rice
  8. "Footprints in the Snow" - IIIrd Tyme Out
  9. "Jerusalem Ridge" - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  10. "Mansions for Me" - Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press
  11. "In Despair" - Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys featuring Charlie Sizemore
  12. "You're Drifting Away" - Nashville Bluegrass Band
  13. "True Life Blues" - Hazel and Alice
  14. "Goodbye Old Pal" - Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys

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