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Legendary Bluegrass Artists Honor “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe Nov 29

Bill MonroeLegendary bluegrass artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe. Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration 2012 October 4-7

Jerusalem Ridge Festival 2012From the ridge above Rosine, Kentucky, the birthplace of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, comes the 11th annual Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration for 2012. Held at Bill Monroes home place, the festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to participate in one of the greatest festivals in the bluegrass music circuit.

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