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David Grisman Honors Bill Monroe with 'Dawg Plays Big Mon'

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Dawg Plays Big MonOn a Sunday morning in 1961, Ralph Rinzler invited 16-year old David Grisman to hear Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys play at New River Ranch in Rising Sun, Maryland. That experience changed David's life and profoundly affected the musical journey he would take for the next half-century.

Now in celebration of Big Mon's 100th birthday, the Dawg has assembled an amazing collection of musical "Monroebillia" featuring some of Bill's greatest compositions and two original tributes featuring David with Red Allen, Ray Brown, Jethro Burns, Vassar Clements, Jerry Garcia, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Mike Seeger, Doc Watson and others. Ten tracks are previously unissued live and studio performances, including an 11-minute interview of Bill Monroe by Ralph Rinzler which David recorded in 1965.

David Grisman with... Red Allen, Darol Anger, Warren Blair, Ray Brown, Jimmy Buchanan, Jethro Burns, Enrique Coria, Joe Craven, Vassar Clements, Jerry Douglas, Matt Eakle Jerry Garcia, Mike Garris, Matt Glaser, Jon Glik, Samson Grisman, John Hartford, John Kahn, Jim Kerwin, Keith Little, Shelley Manne, Chad Manning, Mike Marshall, Del McCoury, Rob McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Tiny Moore, Jim Nunally, Herb Pedersen, Tony Rice, Ralph Rinzler, Artie & Harriet Rose, Peter Rowan, Mike Seeger, Eldon Shamblin, Rob Wasserman & Doc Watson.

Grisman will be performing great bluegrass music mixed with some music history at the Ashland Armory in Ashland, Oregon on October 15th and the Big Room in Chico, California on the 16th.. Grisman has put together what he calls "one of the best bands I've ever worked with" for his performances. Grisman is known world wide for his accomplishments with the mandolin and his artistic collaborations with everybody from the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead to Mike Auldridge, and from Doc Watson to Charles Sawtelle and a lot of bluegrass artists in between. There is no doubt that he can put on an original and creative bluegrass show with energy, class and style.

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