Monday, December 5, 2011

Bluegrass music: Bill Monroe Collection by Tony Rice due out in January

Here's something I'm looking forward to hearing: Tony Rice to deliver The Bill Monroe Collection in January.

If you click on that link, you'll learn that a Jan. 31, 2012, release date has been set for Rice's recordings of Mr. Monroe's music. Here's an excerpt:

Over the past year's Bill Monroe Centennial there have been numerous anthologies of various artists doing their versions of his music, restating the enormity of Bill Monroe's legacy on the entire field of bluegrass music. Tony Rice's The Bill Monroe Collection, due out on Rounder Records (division of Concord Music Group) on January 31, 2012, may have a somewhat different impact, in part because it is a collection by one artist only, recorded over a period of some 15 years. The material, consisting of major songs and instrumentals by Monroe, was recorded in a variety of band configurations over these years, allowing guitarist Rice to make his own unmistakable mark on bluegrass music.

For a playlist, click on the link above.

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