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The Last Columbia Recordings of Bill Monroe
On this date, October 28, 1947, the original Bluegrass Boys’ final Columbia recordings were made. At that time, the band consisted of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and Cedric Rainwater. The 28 songs recorded by the Blue Grass Boys for Columbia Records in 1946 and 1947 soon became classics of the genre, […]
I’ll Fly Away on Banjo
By Wayne Erbsen There are many ways to close out a bluegrass show, but I always favor ending an evening’s entertainment with a rousing version of I’ll Fly Away. This song is the perfect choice because everybody knows it and they love to sing along. Recently, I started digging into the origins of I’ll Fly Away, and […]
Hang Your Head Tom Dooley
James Robert “Bob” Wills b. March 6, 1905 d. May 13, 1975 Bob Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing, he was universally known as the King of Western Swing (although Spade Cooley self-promoted the moniker “King Of Western Swing” from 1942 […]