Line-Up Announced for 50th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

2016-beanblossom-flyer-revBluegrass music fans from around the world will flock to the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, located in southern Indiana’s Brown County, this June to celebrate the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. The event is the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world and will take place June 11-18, 2016.

To help celebrate the 50th Annual festival, park owner, operator and event promoter, Dwight Dillman has brought together some of the finest performers in bluegrass music. The full-line-up includes the talents of:

Saturday, June 11: Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Dailey & Vincent, Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Tommy Sells and Big Country Bluegrass, Ralph Stanley II, Nightflyer, Feller & Hill & Bluegrass Buckaroos, and the Bull Harman Band, and Volunteer State Band.

Sunday, June 12: Seldom Scene, Dave Adkins, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Martha & Eddie Adcock, The Churchmen, Farm Hands, Balos Family, and Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle.

Monday, June 13: Dry Branch Fire Squad, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Wildfire, and Kevin Prater Band.

Tuesday, June 14: Del McCoury Band, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Wildwood Valley Boys, Ernie Thacker & Route 23, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Blue Mafia, Randall Hibbetts & Appalachia, and Sideline.

Wednesday, June 15: Special Consensus, Blue Highway, Larry Stephenson Band, Crowe Brothers, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Band of Ruhks, Spinney Brothers, Edgar Loudermilk featuring Jeff Autry, and Larry Gillis & Swampgrass.

Thursday, June 16: Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Special Consensus, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Darrell Webb Band, Flatt Lonesome, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Punches Family, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers.

Friday, June 17: The Grascals, Blue Moon Rising, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Rickey Wasson Band, James King Band, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Becky Buller, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Nu-Blu, and Punches Family.

Saturday, June 18: Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dale Ann Bradley, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Rickey Wasson Band, James King Band, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Discounted festival tickets can be purchased online before June 1. They range from $20-$30 for daily tickets and only $165 for all 8 days. Juniors 13-16 years old save $5 off per day and Children 12 & under are Free.

The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Youth Boot Camp, now in its 11th year, is led by Sarah Wasson and is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bluegrass Association. When the students complete their 15 hours of instruction, they hit the Bean Blossom main stage for what is always a spectacular performance and certainly one of the highlights of the week. For more information on the camp or to become a sponsor, please contact Sarah Wasson 606-663-0600 or email her at youthbluegrassbootcamp@gmail.com.

Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction radio host Kyle Cantrell, the legendary Tommy Lamb, and the infamous Sam Jackson will serve as Emcees for the festival. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

For more information, please visit BillMonroeMusicPark.com. Help us spread the word by using the hashtag #beanblossom50 on your social media posts.

41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Uncle Pen Days 2015 1000wThe Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at billmonroemusicpark.com. One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.

Raymond Fairchild is a legendary banjoist and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry since 1977. He has appeared on numerous television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations. He recently fairchildcompleted a two-hour documentary special for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States. Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos during his impressive career and scored two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his banjo instrumentals. In 1982, “The Appalachian Journey,” a documentary produced by renowned author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia University, was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come. It is stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Raymond’s hometown has honored him by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads, “Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond Fairchild.”

The 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days will include performances by:

Wednesday, September 23 – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stephenson Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, Feller & Hill and Bluegrass Buckaroos, The Spinney Brothers, Kody Norris Show, and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Thursday, September 24 – Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Wildwood Valley Boys, Tim Graves & The Farm Hands, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers

Friday, September 25 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Mountain Faith, Darrell Webb Band, and Kevin Prater Band.

Saturday, September 26 – Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, James King Band, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Rickey Wasson Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

The event will also include music and instrument workshops, food concessions and vendors will be on site. Admission includes the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum & Uncle Pen’s Cabin Tour. Emcees will be the legendary Tommy Lamb & the infamous Sam Jackson. Sound provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Advanced festival tickets can be purchased online . For more information, please visit billmonroemusicpark.com or beanblossom.US.

48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 12-21, 2014

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Over 75 Bands Set to Take the Stage During 10 Day Festival

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The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, will hold their 48th annual festival June 12-21, 2014. This world famous event, known as the longest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.

The 10-day festival includes a stellar line-up of the top names in bluegrass music. During the festival, over 75 bluegrass bands will take the stage along with the participants of the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp. Music fans can also take part in instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions and enjoy camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com.

The 48h Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival line-up includes:

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dailey & Vincent, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Chris Jones & The Nightdrivers, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Feller and Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Flatt Lonesome, and the Price Sisters.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Rambling Rooks, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Roys, Grasstowne, Larry Gills & Swampgrass, and the Hart Brothers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Bill Yates, County Clare, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Larry Stephenson Band, Darrell Webb, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, and Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Travelin’ McCourys, The Whites, Detour, Blue River, Remington Ryde, Lonesome Meadow, Breaking Grass, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, Balos Family, and Pastor Baggett.

Monday, June 16, 2014
Nightflyer, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, Glenville State College, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Farm Hands, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, and Remington Ryde.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – TRADITIONAL BEAN SUPPER
The Boxcars, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Town Mountain, Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen, Jesse Gregory & Faultline, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Moron Brother, Phillip Stemetz, and a special performance by the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Wildwood Valley Boys, Gentlemen of Bluegrass, Martha & Eddie Adcock, Lost and Found, and the Reno & Smiley Tribute Show.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Crowe Brothers, Special Consensus, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Adkins & Loudermilk, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers.

Friday, June 20, 2014 – TRADITIONAL SUNSET JAM
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ralph Stanley II, Paul Williams & Victory Trio, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, James King Band, American Drive, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and Spinney Brothers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, James King Band, Cumberland Highlanders, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, American Drive, Stars of Tomorrow, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Volume Five, and Primitive Quartet.

Sam Jackson and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions. Electrical Engineering will be provided by Pete Peters.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana 46160. For more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete performance and workshop schedule, please visit: http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com or http://www.beanblossom.US.

The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment.

 

Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Wins the 2013 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award

ibma-awards-logoThe Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground is proud to announce the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the recipient of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Event of the Year Award. The winners of this year’s IBMA awards were announced last week during the association’s World of Bluegrass held in Raleigh, NC. Park owner and festival producer, Dwight Dillman said, “I just want to say that I appreciate all of you for supporting Bean Blossom. Thanks to all the staff, the festival goers, the bands, sponsors and IBMA. See you next year.”

The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is now established as the oldest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world. Throughout the years, the festival has received other honors including: recipient of the 2000 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award; recognized as a Local Legacy for the State of Indiana by the Library of Congress in May 2001 and becoming a permanent display; featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great Places To Go To Bluegrass Festivals” and more.

The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival was held last June was sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment. The annual 8-day event included over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.

The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will take place June 12-21, 2014. Next year, the park will also host: the 2nd Annual Simply Mushroom-Morel Festival April 18-21; the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 29-31; the 5th Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 10-12; the 16th Annual Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee July 24-26; the 16th Annual Bean Blossom Blues Festival August 21-23; the Quafftober Fest September 19-20; 40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival September 24-27; and the 8th Cedar Rock Haunted Trail every weekend in October 2014.

More on Bean Blossom
While performing on the road in October 1951, Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe traveled to a small town in Indiana called Bean Blossom to perform at the Brown County Jamboree. He immediately fell in love with the area and in December of 1951 decided to purchase the property making it his home away from home.

In June, 1967, at the insistence of promoter Carlton Haney, Bill Monroe held his first two-day bluegrass festival which he called a Blue Grass Celebration at Bean Blossom. He brought his musician friends together to play the high lonesome sound he had pioneered. This first festival was held in the Brown County Jamboree Barn and was so well attended that Bill decided to have it annually and to build an outdoor stage to accommodate a bigger audience. In June of 1968, people from all over the country came to hear the Father of Bluegrass and his legendary Blue Grass Boys perform, as well as other top name bluegrass artists and Grand Ole Opry stars. The artists performed on a newly-constructed stage that sat at the bottom of a wooded amphitheater surrounded by loyal bluegrass fans. Festival patrons gathered in the fields, in the woods, at campsites, just about anywhere they felt like, so they could pick and sing the music they loved so much.

Over the years the festival has grown and the grounds have been improved. The sounds of bluegrass still echo through the hills and trees, with the spirit of Bill Monroe. Despite his death in 1996, the history and tradition at Bean Blossom continues.
For more information on the numerous festivals that take place at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground , please visit BeanBlossom.US.

39th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival Announces Line-Up and Hall of Fame Inductee, George Shuffler

The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.

George-ShufflerOn Saturday, September 21, George Shuffler will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. George grew up in Burke County, NC where he taught himself to play on a mail-order guitar. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17 performing with The Bailey Brothers. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. For more information on George Shuffler, please visit blueridgeheritage.com.

Another highlight of the festival will be a CD Release Party held by the James King Band on Saturday, 21 who will be providing free biscuits and gravy for the fans.

The complete line-up for the 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes the talents of:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Boxcars
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Spinney Brothers
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Darrell Webb Band
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Grasstowne
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Spinney Brothers
The Grascals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Fellerl & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

Friday, September 20, 2013
Wildwood Valley Boys
Cumberland Highlanders
Larry Stephenson Band
Tim Graves & Cherokee
American Drive
Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Ralph Stanley II

Saturday, September 21, 2013
George Shuffler
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Kenny & Amanda Smith
James King Band

Emcees for The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound.

Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.

For more information including tickets, directions and complete schedule, please visit BeanBlossom.US. The 39th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment.

Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 9 – 16, 2012

The Mecca of Bluegrass Includes 8 Big Days of Entertainment with Over 55 Bands

 

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.  The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.  Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.beanblossom.US

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival includes performances by:

Saturday, June 9

Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley and Farm Country, Newfound Road, Jesse McReynolds and Virginia Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, Gene Watson, Larry Gillis and Swamp Grass, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Sunday, June 10

Marge Sullivan Family, Pastor Baggett, Cumberland River, Don Stanley and Middle Creek, Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, Volume Five, Chris Jones and Night Drivers, Grasstowne, Jr. Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Darrell Webb Band

Monday, June 11

Bankester Family, Lonesome Highway, Common Strings, Moron Brothers, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition, Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Hill Benders

Tuesday, June 12

Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Spinney Brothers, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, Moron Brothers, Glen Bonham and Southern Tradition, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Randy Waller and Country Gentlemen, The Expedition Show

Wednesday, June 13

Spinney Brothers, Wildwood Valley Boys, Goldwing Express, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Karl Shifflett & Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Grascals, Longview, Special Consensus, and a great performance by our Boot Camp attendees at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, June 14

Kyle Ramey Band, Larry Efaw and Mountaineers, James King Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Karl Shifflett, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Special Consensus

Friday, June 15

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley, Charlie Sizemore Band, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, JD Crowe & The New South, Ralph Stanley II, James King Band

Saturday, June 16

Magnolia Drive, Tommy Sells & Big Country Show, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, JD Crowe and Former New South Reunion Show

The YOUTH BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP takes place June 11-13, 2012.  The camp is open to ages 6-18 years and offers over 15 hours of professional instruction in all levels, beginner through advanced for Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass and Mandolin.  The event is sponsored by CIBA, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Martin Guitars, and the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation.  For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or requesting more information on the camp, please contact Sarah Wasson via email swasson@setel.com

Last year, the Bill Monroe Music Park celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth with a live album recording by Rural Rhythm Records.  The album has been released, is available for sale at BeanBlossom.US and is also available for purchase at the park.  This incredible live performance tribute album was produced by Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band) and includes performances by: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Carolina Road, and more.

Sam Jackson, George Riddle, and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event.  Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana  46160.  For  more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete schedule, and more, please visit: www.billmonroemusicpark.com  or www.beanblossom.US

The 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by:
Dillman Furniture, Martin Guitars, and Hope River Entertainment.

Today’s new album release: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM

Today, Rural Rhythm Records released the highly anticipated new album, BILL MONROE 100th YEAR CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM that was recorded this past June at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Last Sunday, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley, KY hosted a special CD Release celebration for this exciting new commemorative album.

Robert Lawson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened the event with introductions of the KHOF Board Members and other special guests. VIPs in attendance included radio personalities Charlie Hall, Larry Carter, Zeke Buttons; along with Jim Gabehart (Bluegrass Today); Frank Goodbey (Founder of the Bluegrass-L); Thomas Adler who wrote the liner notes and is author of the 2011 publication of Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass; Vic Gabanny famed sound engineer at Bradley’s Barn where Bill Monroe recorded; Ronnie Reno; James and Valerie Gabehart; and many more.

Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records thanked the numerous people involved in the making of the album including a very special thanks to Dwight Dillman, owner of the Bill Monroe Music Park for hosting this live album recording and making this album possible. He also thanked Robert Lawson with the KHOF and their Board of Directors for hosting the event in their fabulous facility.  Many thanks went to Sammy Shelor, (album producer) along with all of the participating artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Wasson & McCall, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Carolina Road and the Bartley Brothers; on-site production staff Tom Feller and Dale Perry; Anthony Ladd (Kneelindesign) for the fabulous artwork; Sammy Passamano III (videographer) along with the rest of the Rural Rhythm Records team.  “But most of all we need to thank the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Bill Monroe,” he said.

Brand New Strings, who appear on this tribute album and have a previous Rural Rhythm release, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, opened the performance portion of the event with a fantastic set that highlighted the band’s incredible instrumental talents and vocal harmonies.

A stellar group of musicians who participated on the tribute album, plus more Rural Rhythm family of artists and friends, delighted the crowd with spectacular performances.  This All-Star BILL MONROE TRIBUTE BAND included the talents of Sammy Shelor, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock, Preston Schmidt (Brand New Strings); and Tony Mowell (Blue Moon Rising).  Sammy Shelor fresh off a recent performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (Lonesome River Band and special guest, Steve Martin) performed “Goldrush.”  Four-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley sang “In Despair,” Carrie Hassler gave an amazing performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Audie Blaylock wowed the audience with “Cry, Cry Darling; ” and Steve Gulley, impressed all with his vocal talents on “ Used to Be.”

Kentucky Hall of Fame member and bluegrass supergroup, J.D. Crowe & The New South closed out the show in grand fashion with more Monroe tunes like “Molly & Tenbrooks,” and “Where you Gonna Hide?” – a song Dwight McCall’s Dad recorded as Earl Taylor & Jim McCall on the Rural Rhythm label many years ago.  They also performed songs from Rickey Wasson’s solo album, plus numerous J. D. Crowe & The New South tunes.

Paul Berstein from Lexscape Productions, who handles all of the video work for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, was on hand filming this special event that will be released at a later time.

BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION:  LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM is now available at fine retail outlets including:  Walmart, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Rural Rhythm’s website, and wherever Bluegrass music is sold.

VIEW MANY MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CD RELEASE PARTY HERE.