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Del McCoury Band's 'Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe' Released

 The Songs of Bill MonroeThe Del McCoury Band's bluegrass music tribute to Bill Monroe, Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe, was released on CD January 31, 2012 just in time for the Grammy Awards. The album was previously released digitally and on vinyl in September 2011 and received a Grammy nomination for "Best Bluegrass Album" in December.

Tony Rice Takes on Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, on New Release

 The Bill Monroe CollectionOver the past year's Bill Monroe Centennial there have been numerous anthologies of various artists doing their versions of his music, restating the enormity of Bill Monroe's legacy on the entire field of bluegrass music. Tony Rice's The Bill Monroe Collection, due out on Rounder Records (division of Concord Music Group) on January 31, 2012, may have a somewhat different impact, in part because it is a collection by one artist only, recorded over a period of some 15 years. The material, consisting of major songs and instrumentals by Monroe, was recorded in a variety of band configurations over these years, allowing guitarist Rice to make his own unmistakable mark on bluegrass music.

Santa Cruz Declares December 4th as Bill Monroe Day

Bill MonroeThe father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, is honored with a new annual holiday in Santa Cruz County, California. December 4th is now officially "Bill Monroe Day." Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty will be at the Digital Music Factory to make the declaration of Bill Monroe Day. For tickets, visit

Bill Monroe 100th Celebration: Live at Bean Blossom Released

Live at Bean BlossomRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album release, Bill Monroe 100th Celebration: Live at Bean Blossom recorded this past June at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Last Sunday, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley, KY hosted a special CD Release celebration for this exciting new commemorative album.

Live at Bean Blossom Releasing November 22, 2011

Live at Bean BlossomRural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the November 22, 2011 album release of Live At Bean Blossom, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. The album will no doubt be high on the wish list of not only Monroe fans, but the thousands of visitors that attend the numerous festivals held at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana every year.

Dawg Plays Big Mon - A Not So Ordinary Tribute to Bill Monroe

Dawg Plays Big MonSeptember was the centennial of the Father of Bluegrass Music who was born 100 years ago this year. Many tribute albums were making the round and there was some great music to be shared. But, one album, stands alone. A not so ordinary tribute by an artist who lives on the edge of bluegrass -- the master mandolinist David "Dawg" Grisman. Dawg Plays Bog Mon - Happy Birthday Bill Monroe has the soul of bluegrass along with the high-lonesome sound and it is performed by some of the best in bluegrass music. This album probably should get 11 stars out of 10!

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

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.

Laurie Lewis Skippin and Flyin' a Bill Monroe Tune October 18th

Skippin' And Flyin'Grammy Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music artist Laurie Lewis has a new album due to hit the streets October 18th. This latest project is a tribute to the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, who would have been 100 years old last month. Many tribute albums and songs have been release but, Laurie, a past International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Artist of the Year recipient, adds her own twist to her new release.

Blue Grass Boys Sing for 100 Year Birthday of Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe Centennial CelebrationAustin, TX -- Former members of "Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys" will headline a day long celebration at Central Market North to commemorate the 100th anniversary of "The Father of Bluegrass," Bill Monroe's birth! This one-of-a-kind concert features Blue Grass Boys: Bob Black (banjo), Tom Ewing (guitar), and Mark Hembree (bass), accompanied by friends Paul Kienitz (fiddle) and Brian Ray (mandolin). The day will begin with some of the "best in Texas" bluegrass players on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at the 4001 North Lamar Blvd store. There is a reserved seating area for $15 (walk-up only). There will be informal jamming in the shade of the live oak trees. (

Free Bluegrass Music Concert September 27 to Celebrate Bill Monroe Centennial

Bill MonroeNashville, TN -- 2011 Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Del McCoury and Friends to perform on the grounds of Ryman Auditorium; the performance also serves as a kickoff to
IBMA's "World of Bluegrass" week.

Frank Wakefield Releases A Tribute to Bill Monroe

A Tribute to Bill MonroePatuxent Music has releaed another Bill Monroe Centennial tribute album, A Tribute to Bill Monroe. On the 4th of July in 1961, Bill Monroe commented to Frank saying, "Well, you can pick as good as me-- or nearly as good-- so now you've got to go out and get your own sound." And, with his hero's blessing, Frank Wakefield set out to do just that. Frank Wakefield performs on the mandolin and vocals, Audie Blaylock contributes vocals, Michael Cleveland on fiddle, Mark Delaney handles the banjo, Tom Ewing plays guitar and adds vocals, Marshall Wilborn played bass with Tom Mindte & Taylor Baker.

New Single Release by Carolina Road Out to Radio

Back To My RootsJust in time for Bill Monroe's birthday, the new single release, "A Light in My Window, Again" by Carolina Road, is now out to radio via The song was written by Tom T and Dixie Hall and was inspired by Gov. Paul E. Patton's speech at the dedication of the Bill Monroe home place. The tune appears on the band's upcoming album, Back to my Roots releasing October 11, 2011. Carolina Road, with eight albums to their credit, has certainly returned to their traditional style of music created over a decade ago with this new project.

Ryman's Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Celebrated Monroe's Centennial

Birth of BluegrassNashville, TN -- /The Ryman/ Earlier this summer, the famed Ryman Auditorium celebrated Bill Monroe's 100th birthday celebration with their special edition of Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman which featured bluegrass artists Doyle Lawson, Bobby Osborne, Sierra Hull and more. The date was in December 1945 that Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys consisting of Earl Scruggs on Banjo, Lester Flatt on Guitar, Chubby Wise on Fiddle and Howard 'Cedric' Rainwater on bass took to the Ryman stage and the sound of Bluegrass Music was heard. A genre was born.

'The Makings of a Master' Opens with Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration

Bill MonroeFrankfort, KY -- The new exhibition "The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships" will open Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. The opening day of the exhibition will feature a concert in celebration of Bill Monroe's 100th birthday. "Bluegrass Masters: A Celebration of the Bill Monroe Centennial," featuring master bluegrass musician Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Two more concerts are scheduled: "Kentucky Women in Old-Time Music," featuring the Reel World String Band and Carla Gover, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20; and "East Meets West: Fiddling and Thumbpicking Guitar in Kentucky," featuring Eddie Pennington, Steve Rector, Roger Cooper, John Harrod and Alonzo Pennington, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Ireland's Bluegrass Singer/Songwriter Niall Toner's Single 'William Smith Monroe' at #1 on AirPlay Direct

Niall TonerNashville, TN -- The leader of the Niall Toner Band from Ireland is still celebrating his music reaching the number one download spot on the bluegrass and folk charts for AirPlay Direct, an extraordinary achievement for a songwriter based in Ireland. As a result, Niall Toner Band has been enjoying an ever-increasing amount of air play on American Radio. Niall's songs about Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe's Mandolin and The Master's Resting Place, are proving most popular with Radio DJs and listeners in this year of Monroe's Centenary.


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