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Come Hither to Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe by Bob Black

By Bob Black

Invoice Monroe is so foundational to bluegrass track that the whole style took its identify from his band, the Blue Grass Boys. In Come Hither to head Yonder, Bob Black recounts his years spent as a member of that seminal band. whereas different paintings on invoice Monroe has been written from a historic perspective, Come Hither to head Yonder is informed from the point of view of a musician who used to be really there. jam-packed with observations made of the original vantage element of a guy who has traveled and played largely with the grasp, this e-book is Bob Black's own memoir in regards to the profound impact that Monroe exerted at the musicians who've carried at the bluegrass culture within the wake of his 1996 dying. This quantity additionally incorporates a entire directory of Bob Black's appearances with Monroe, his so much memorable reports whereas they labored jointly, short descriptions of the extra vital musicians and bands pointed out, and proposals for additional studying and listening. providing a unprecedented point of view at the artistic forces that drove certainly one of America's maximum composers and musical innovators, Come Hither to move Yonder will deeply gift any enthusiasts of invoice Monroe, of bluegrass, or of yankee vernacular song. Bob Black performed banjo as one among invoice Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. He recorded with Monroe at the Weary vacationer album, and later performed with dollar White and the Down domestic fogeys. He appears to be like on a couple of mess around albums via Kenny Baker, and has played with Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Frank Wakefield, John Hartford, the Whites, and different artists. He at the moment lives close to Iowa urban, the place he plays in ideal Strangers, the Banjoy Band, and different teams. He has released articles in Bluegrass limitless and in 2002 obtained the Iowa Arts Council's conventional Arts Award. Neil Rosenberg experiences modern vernacular track traditions, together with the tune and lives of bluegrass, state and people musicians in Canada and the us. he's the writer of Bluegrass: A heritage. A quantity within the sequence tune in American lifestyles

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He played the tune a lot for the next several weeks, and I finally learned it on the banjo. Today I perform it on many shows, but I still don’t jump ahead of the beat in as slick a way as Bill did. Bill recorded it long after I left the band—it can be heard on his 1985 album Bill Monroe and Stars of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame (MCA 5625). On October 31, while we were traveling near Payson, Arizona, I asked Bill if he would write a banjo tune for me. To my delight, he put together a real gem of a song.

Some brought basket lunches. ” He later went over to KFNF, where the Monroe Brothers had performed, and Remembering the Old Days | 17 took part in an early morning family program. His sons Don and Phil, along with their mother, Margaret Everly, also participated. They were a hit! ” In 1958 my family moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Music classes were part of the curriculum at our school, Greenwood Elementary. Mrs. Neal was the music teacher. The students didn’t like her because she was a strict disciplinarian.

While still underage, I entered and won many local talent contests. I sometimes used a 20 | come hither to go yonder phony ID to get into the country-music taverns where the contests were held. The ID I used had been originally issued to a person named Jim Strenkowski. ” “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” was the tune that most often won me first prize—generally around twentyfive dollars. Luckily, the prize money was always paid in cash instead of check. I always hoped the real Jim Strenkowski would not be present in the audience.

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