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May 30, 2022 - 1:34 pm
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Bill Monroe played mandolin & guitar & is famous for his compositions, but SO MUCH MORE!

He was already a recording star before forming his "Bluegrass Boys" band in the late 30's. He experimented to change the traditional old time 'string-band style', and by the mid 40's, became what would later be known as "The Father of Bluegrass"Bill Monroe - Wikipedia

Over the years, quite a few GREAT FIDDLERS have been members of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys - Art Wooten, Tommy Magness, Howdy Forrester, Chubby Wise, Merle "Red" Taylor, Charley Cline, Bobby Hicks, William Hicks, Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements (later known as the Father of Hillbilly Jazz), Gene Lowinger, and Richard Greene (he introduced the 'CHOP' allegedly invented because of pain in his arm & wrist - wiki)! 

Art Wooten 

Art Wooten - the 1st Fiddler with "Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys", was a very talented Fiddler, multi-instrumentalist & singer.  More info about him at the Blue Ridge Heritage site here: Art Wooten

Art Wooten plays "Durang's Hornpipe" - 1942 Opry aircheck (whitetop music).


Art playing "Sally Goodin" (Butch Robins).


Art Wooten - "Forked Deer" (James Stiltner). 




Art Wooten with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.

...an interesting side note - Jerry Garcia tagged along with Bill Monroe & 'the Boys' back in 1964, before forming "The Grateful Dead". 

- Emily


May 30, 2022 - 3:27 pm
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Bobby Hicks 

Bobby Hicks was a 5-string Fiddler!  He was one of "Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys", learned 'Nashville Swing' style at that time and became a 10 time Grammy Award winning Fiddler, with 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry!  Bobby Hicks

Bobby Hicks: The Story of His Fiddle (NCArts) - fascinating story!


Bobby Hicks performs "Maiden's Prayer" in WUNC Studios. 


Bobby Hicks - "Angel's Waltz" (his composition). 





Bobby Hicks with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.

...there are many Bluegrass tunes considered "Sacred" pieces, akin to Gospel music. 

- Emily


May 30, 2022 - 5:03 pm
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Chubby Wise 

Chubby was a a great fiddler who played with "Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys", later with "Flatt & Skruggs" and then back at the Grand Ole Opry with the "Rainbow Ranch Boys".  He also played banjo & guitar, helped write and made the "Orange Blossom Special" famous!  Chubby Wise 

"Florida Blues" - Chubby Wise (James Stiltner).  GREAT tune!   

Chubby Wise and His Fiddle - Nuff Said Album (Take's Bluegrass Album Channel Phase 2).  Orange Blossom Special, 3 O'Clock In The Morning, Stone's Rag, Up A Lazy River, Down Yonder, Red Wing, Maiden's Prayer, Chubby's Hornpipe, Danny Boy, Daddy Blues, Sweet Bunch Of Daisies, Cacklin' Hen.

Waltzes - Chubby Wise album (Take's Bluegrass Album Channel Phase 2).  Goodnight Waltz, Rossi Waltz, Sweeter Than The Flowers, Carolina Moon, Over The Waves, Waltz Of The Wind, Missouri Waltz, Rainbow At Midnight, Beautiful Ohio, Wednesday Night Waltz, I Really Don't Want To Know, Sun Shadows. 





Chubby Wise with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. 

- Emily


May 31, 2022 - 7:55 pm
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Bill Monroe 

Wanted to point out more about him, because he composed some GREAT tunes! 

Here's a tutorial for one of my Bill Monroe favorites, "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - from Megan Lynch Chowning. 


Another famous tune composed by Bill Monroe, "Jerusalem Ridge", tutorial by Casey Willis.


Here's a '3 version' tutorial for probably Bill Monroe's most famous composition, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" with Chris Haigh. 



Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Vol.1 Album (Take's Bluegrass Album Channel).  Nobody Loves Me, Goodbye Old Pal, Blue Grass Special, Come Back To Me In My Dreams, Why Did You Wander, How Will I Explain About You, That Home Above, Remember The Cross, Along About Daybreak, Shine Hallelujah Shine, I'm Travelin' On And On.  Chubby Wise was the fiddler on this album. 


Bill Monroe & Kenny Baker (will talk about later) in Scotland! 





...notice how 'sacred numbers' (songs) are very much a part of Bluegrass, by the album. 

- Emily

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