This is a tribute to Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," who would have turned 100 on Sept 13, 2011. Monroe was born Sept. 13, 1911, in Rosine, Kentucky. He died Sept. 9, 1996, a few days short of his 85th birthday.
Bill Monroe developed the style of country music known as bluegrass, which got its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys." Monroe's performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. As a mandolin player, Monroe brought a virtuosity previously unknown in country music to his instrument.
As far as I know all of the songs and instrumental compositions on this mix were either written or co-written by Bill Monroe. None of the songs on this mix are performances by Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, however, but instead interpretations by contemporary bluegrass and country musicians.