True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe

True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe


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The 17 newly-recorded songs on this album comprise a loving tribute to the man generally considered to have invented bluegrass music, and the album was timed well, coming out just shortly before Monroe's death in 1996 at the age of 85. The songs are mostly pretty predictable. The program leads off with the Nashville Bluegrass Band's rendition of "Molly and Tenbrooks" (on which Alan O'Bryant does a pretty fair Monroe impression), and proceeds through a hair-raising rendition of "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home" by the Del McCoury Band. Other classics by various lineups follow: Vassar Clements and Richard Greene team up for a bracing run-through of the instrumental "Scotland"; Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick do great job on the title track; and Tim and Mollie O'Brien give "Sitting Alone in the Moonlight" a suitably haunting performance. Peter Rowan may be overrated as a singer, but as a former Blue Grass Boy and a tireless champion of Monroe's work, he has certainly earned the right to sing "Travelin' This Lonesome Road" and "Letter From My Darlin'." Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/1996
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891220925
catalogNumber: 2209
Rank: 184616

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Dobro
David Grier   Guitar
Kathy Kallick   Guitar,Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Fiddle,Vocals
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe   Track Performer
Scott Nygaard   Guitar
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Hartford   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Todd Phillips   Bass
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Craig Smith   Banjo
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals
David Grisman   Mandolin
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Vocals
Jim Nunally   Guitar
Mollie O'Brien   Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Alan O'Bryant   Vocals
Herb Pedersen   Banjo,Vocals
John Reischman   Mandolin
Roland White   Mandolin,Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Greg Garing   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Todd Phillips   Producer,Engineer
Joseph Bartoldus   Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Gary Denton   Engineer
Mike Marshall   Engineer
Jim Nunally   Engineer
Barry Poss   Executive Producer
Mark Slagle   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Steve Horowitz   Engineer
Tom Size   Engineer

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