Bluegrass Music: Still Going Strong

Bill Monroe is considered the father of bluegrass music which reportedly started in the 1940s.
Bill Monroe is considered the father of bluegrass music which reportedly started in the 1940's.

Bill Monroe singing Blue Moon of Kentucky in 1980.

The Osborne Brothers were the first to sing Rocky Top and are shown singing the song associated with the Tennessee Vols in 1967.

Jim and Jesse singing When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold in 1977.

Ralph Stanley and Patty Loveless singing Pretty Polly.

Rhonda Vincent singing All American Bluegrass Girl in 2008.

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs playing Foggy Mountain Breakdown from 1965.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Bluegrass Music: Still Going Strong”

  1. I would vote Patty Loveless right up tops with Loretta Lynn. Thye both apparently lived the hard life. She has a beautiful voice.

    Do you remember how Marty Stuart got started? He hung around Tootsies bar where all the singers hung out since the Ryman didn’t have adequate dressing rooms. So of course it was just a step to Tootsies Bar and Marty Stuart hung around outside waiting for Bill Monroe to appear, knowing he would have to drive back there to enter the Ryman from the back. Marty was 13 at the time, and he would stand out and be playing when Bill Monroe would drive up, so one night Monroe told him he wasvery good and he was short of a mandolin player that night. So the restof the story. Marty made his debut with the great Bill Monroe . He is now married to Connie Smith who was married and had kids older than Marty when they married. If you have never been to Tootsies it is a real treat to see all the scribbling notes that she kept of the stars when they were waiting to go on and the walls are plastered with them and pictures. They would write notes of what to say when getting on stage. Some very funny, as almost all were feeling rather good by then ,being a little tipsy.

    1. Patty Loveless is one of my favorite singers. I saw Reba McIntire, Randy Travis and Patty at the same show at the Rapides Parish Coliseum when Randy and Patty were not that well known. My wife back then complained about me going to the show by myself since she didn’t like country music and the show cost $14. Can you imagine how much it would cost today to see those three singers on the same stage.

      Great story about Marty Stuart. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time so he made sure he was in the right place the night Bill Monroe needed a musician.

      Have heard about Tootsies but have never been there. I wish now that instead of going to Opryland I had visited the Country Music Hall of Fame back in the 80’s.

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