The Bluegrass Special with Bill Monroe

by | 15 May, 2011

This month’s Bluegrass Special features a Bill Monroe Centennial Moment that examines the fortuitous pairing of folk music legend Ralph Rinzler and the father of bluegrass music Bill Monroe. In the early ‘60s folk music legend Ralph Rinzler put his own musical career on hold and assumed the job of managing Bill Monroe, whose career was on a downward arc and who had became extremely bitter towards the music business. Rinzler changed all that. As his biographer Richard Gagné noted: “Ralph Rinzler worked with Monroe from 1962 to 1966, During those years, Monroe released ten albums. Another 27 albums followed between 1967 and 1991. In the case of Bill Monroe, Ralph Rinzler revived the career of the founder of an entire musical genre. He helped bring bluegrass, as well as old-time music, into the fold of the folk music revival.”

The Bluegrass Special also features reviews on:

  • Bill Emerson – Eclipse
  • Grasstowne – Kickin’ Up Dust
  • Mike Scott – Take Me Lord and Use Me
  • Newfound Road – Live At The Down Home