The Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute Out on August 23

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monroe’s birth, on August 23 Rounder will release a 2-disc 28-track set titled The Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute. The album includes performances by an all-star roster of Rounder’s top bluegrass artists, including Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Dailey & Vincent, and The Bluegrass Album Band.

Bill Monroe was both the father of bluegrass music and one of the genre’s most prolific writers, with a legacy that remains a benchmark for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Monroe created a distinctive music, a genre of its own that proved itself compelling and enduring. Over 60 years after its birth, bluegrass is as healthy as it’s ever been, with 500 festivals each year around the United States, and bands in more than two dozen other countries.

Complete Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. Tall Timber – The Bluegrass Album Band

2. Will You be Loving Another Man – The Grascals

3. Dark as the Night, Blue as the Day – Michael Cleveland with Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill

4. Cheyenne – The Bluegrass Album Band

5. Close By – Dailey & Vincent

6. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling – Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys

7. Shenandoah Breakdown – Wyatt Rice

8. My Florida Sunshine – Claire Lynch

9. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome – Nashville Bluegrass Band

10. Toy Heart – Ricky Skaggs

11. Wheel Hoss – The Bluegrass Album Band

12. On the Old Kentucky Shore – The Bluegrass Album Band

13. Come Back to Me in My Dreams – Al Jones and Frank Necessary & The Spruce Mountain Boys

14. Wicked Path of Sin – Blue Highway

Disc 2

1. Old Brown County Barn – Michael Cleveland

2. You’d Better Get Right – The Vern Williams Band

3. Voice From on High – Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys

4. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz – The Bluegrass Album Band

5. Dog House Blues – Nashville Bluegrass Band

6. Walls of Time – The Johnson Mountain Boys

7. Big Mon – Tony Rice

8. Footprints in the Snow – IIIrd Tyme Out

9. Jerusalem Ridge – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

10. Mansions for Me – Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press

11. In Despair – Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys featuring Charlie Sizemore

12. You’re Drifting Away – Nashville Bluegrass Band

13. True Life Blues – Hazel and Alice

14. Goodbye Old Pal – Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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