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The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe Double CD Set

"I never wanted to copy any man. I was determined to carve out a music of my own. Bluegrass is wonderful. I'm glad I originated it." (Bill Monroe) 

I'm sure that when Bill Monroe, the father and creator of Bluegrass, made that decision, he had no idea that his desire to be original would give birth to a whole new world of music, for artists and fans alike... and that he would live on forever in the hearts of all who love Country and Bluegrass music.

It was the love of of Bluegrass and the desire to pay homage to the man who fathered it that  inspired Robert Swope and Koch/ Audium to produce a tribute to Bill Monroe album that will itself go down in history as a legendary production. On February 11th, "The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe", a star-studded 2-CD set will be released to a world of eager Bluegrass fans.

Bill Monroe portait courtesy of Michelle R. Durham of the Official Bill & James Monroe Web Site "The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe", is filled with the talents of some of today's biggest stars as well as artists who are also "legendary" in the field of country and bluegrass music. The 2-disc CD set contains 28 of Bill Monroe's best songs performed by some of the greatest artists in their field... such as Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, the late John Hartford, Connie Smith and the Whites, Charlie Daniels, Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, Bill Carlisle and to sweeten the pot, Bill's son, James Monroe along with many more.

This is a potpourri of southern talent molded into a masterpiece of bluegrass. It conjures up a vision of Bill Monroe... up there in Hillbilly Heaven smiling down on his protege's as he picks his mandolin to his tunes that have been so graciously presented in his honor.

"The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe" was produced by Robert Swope and Michael Davis, recorded live by Tom Davis at the Ryman Auditorium, April 1997 and hosted by Lorrie Morgan.

If all of this whets your appetite, hold on to your plates because it doesn't end with the album. That's right... There's MORE! Koch/ Audium Records has also created a double DVD and VHS featuring the artists of "The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe"! This double video set will be the featured premium offer in the March National subscriber drive of PBS stations around the U.S., available only to donors of PBS affiliates. Koch/ Audium will release the DVD/VHS set for national distribution in September.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these recordings benefit the Bill Monroe Memorial Fund.

Still trying to figure out what to get that special someone for Valentine's Day? Look no further. What could be better than the "Children of Bluegrass" carrying on the legend of their father, Bill Monroe with 28 of his hit songs. Better yet, it's not fattening, it won't rot your teeth and it's a keepsake to be treasured forever.

Marlene Slater
My Kind of Country
2-6-03

Get Bill Monroe CDs Here

For more information on Bill Monroe and his son, James Monroe visit the website,
Bill Monroe The Father of Bluegrass, The Official Web Site. Bill and James Monroe

Also visit the Official Bill Monroe Foundation website


The Bill Monroe Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of
creating a living history memorial to Bill Monroe, the Father of Blue Grass
Music, through the restoration and preservation of the Monroe family farm,
the Monroe home place, the town of Rosine, Kentucky and the creation and
maintenance of the Bill Monroe Museum.

While preserving the source and heritage of this original American art form,
the Bill Monroe Foundation will work to enhance educational, entertainment,
and recreational qualities of this project.

The Bill Monroe Foundation places the highest regard on authenticity of
restorations, musical presentations, outdoor dramas, and displays and on the
preservation and propagation of the Bill Monroe style of Blue Grass music.

Bill Monroe Foundation
888 987-6444

Executive Director
Dr. Campbell Mercer

 

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