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BILL MONROE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION:
A CLASSIC BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE
ROUNDER RECORDS
September 13, 2011 marks the 100 birthday of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.  Rounder Records has put together a 2 disc compilation of Rounder artists doing songs written by or made famous by Bill Monroe.  The production quality is superb.  William Smith Monroe died just 2 days before his birthday in 1996 and he was innovative for his time by taking rural music and blending it with Blues and Rockabilly elements making it modern enough for the whole country.  That blended style came to be known as Bluegrass music.  The liner notes on this collection are very well written and informative.  Bill Monroe influenced so many artists (not just Bluegrass musicians) including Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and so many I can’t mention them here.  Producer: Ken Irwin.  Highly recommended.  Andrea Bradstreet, August 26, 2011