Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe

by | 18 Jan, 2011

Award-Winning Musicians Come Together to Honor the Father of Bluegrass

People from all over the world will be honoring Bill Monroe this year by celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Rural Rhythm Records has announced the first of their numerous project releases honoring The Father of Bluegrass music.

On Tuesday, 25th January 2011, the label will release Blue Moon Of Kentucky –  Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass).  Today’s top award-winning musicians including Mike Scott, Adam Steffey, Bryan Sutton, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Aubrey Haynie, Mike Compton and Ben Isaacs  came together to pay their tribute to the legendary musician.

I am honored to have produced and performed on this 100th Anniversary Tribute project to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass.  At the onset, it was my goal to capture a bluegrass sound that Bill would be proud of; a sound that runs deep in heritage and is true to tradition.  With hand selected music greats such as Brian Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, and Rob Ickes, it wasn’t difficult.  The sessions were more than fun as tunes were laid down with great excellence and seemingly little effort.  In a sense, we are all Bluegrass Boys.  Bill mentored us well –  Mike Scott.

Blue Moon Of Kentucky –  Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass) is a specially priced, 18-song collection by today’s top bluegrass pickers paying tribute to this legendary musician, composer, and band leader.  Tracks include:

Uncle Pen
My Rose of Old Kentucky
I Saw the Light
Bluegrass Breakdown
Bill Cheatham
Gold Rush
Footprints in the Snow
Road to Columbus
Crying Holy
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Molly & Tenbrooks
Jerusalem Ridge
John Henry
Precious Memories
Lonesome Road Blues
Kentucky Waltz
Ole Joe Clark
Swing Low Sweet Chariot

The album cover includes the image of a replica Monroe Mandolin that was made for acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mark Newton by Wade Instruments of Osaka, Japan.

The album will available for purchase January 25, 2011 at fine retail outlets including:  Walmart, Borders, f.y.e. entertainment,, iTunes, eMusic, Ernest Tubb Record Shops, Music Shed, County Sales, and Rural Rhythm Records.

Blue Moon Of Kentucky –  Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass) will be serviced to bluegrass radio and available on next week.