Tuesday, September 13, 2011

High Lonesome Turns 100

If he were still alive, the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, would be 100 years old today.

Monroe described his version of bluegrass music as: "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound."

In addition to several concerts and festivals honoring the musical icon this week, bluegrass music lovers across the state of Kentucky are being asked to get outdoors today and sing Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" at exactly "high lonesome" noon (CST).

To get into the spirit of the day, here's Mr. Monroe singing his own classic:

You can learn more about Bill Monroe by clicking here and here.


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