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Big Mon: The Songs Of Bill Monroe

Ricky SkaggsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
  • ASIN: B00004UEUN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darlin' Corey - Bruce Hornsby
2. Cry, Cry Darlin' - Dolly Parton
3. Heavy Traffic Ahead - Steve Wariner
4. Close By - Patty Loveless
5. Blue Moon of Kentucky - John Fogerty
6. Used To Be - The Whites
7. Walk Softly - The Dixie Chicks & Ricky Skaggs
8. My Little Georgia Rose - Travis Tritt
9. I Am A Pilgrim - Charlie Daniels
10. On the Old Kentucky Shore - Joan Osborne & Ricky Skaggs
11. Blue Night - Mary Chapin Carpenter
12. Rocky Road Blues - Dwight Yoakam
13. Big Mon

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Though the late Bill Monroe is generally acknowledged as the father of bluegrass--he literally forged this strident musical hybrid from earlier mountain string-band styles in the 1940s--his musical legacy has reached far beyond the often narrow confines of the style he created. Fittingly, a giddy stylistic range of artists help Monroe disciple Ricky Skaggs prove this point on this brilliant salute to the Big Mon. Bruce Hornsby opens with a haunting, soaring rendition of the murder ballad "Darlin' Corey." John Fogerty unleashes an absolutely stunning neorockabilly revival of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," a Monroe classic that was also an early hit for Elvis Presley. With his deft scat singing and lead-guitar work, Steve Wariner transforms Monroe's stalwart "Heavy Traffic Ahead" into a sprightly jazz-pop excursion. Country-rocker Charlie Daniels also shines on his reverent gospel-blues rendition of "I Am a Pilgrim." Though Skaggs keeps a surprisingly low profile throughout, he and Joan Osborne duet movingly with "On the Old Kentucky Shore." Skaggs's genre-blending tribute may make bluegrass purists bristle, but this collection succeeds as few other tributes have in reminding listeners of the amazing breadth of Monroe's legacy. --Bob Allen

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe September 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Bill Monroe was truly the father of bluegrass. I know he would be proud and happy with this tribute album. Mary Chapin Carpenter's rendition of "Blue Night" showcases her extraordinary talent. Whoever decided to pair up Joan Osborne and Ricky Skaggs for the duet "On the Old Kentucky Shore" showed a stroke of genius! John Fogerty's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" knocked me over. I was not disappointed in a single cut on this album. Each artist conveys a love of the music they're singing and shows great respect for the "Big Mon" - the great Bill Monroe. I just cannot recommend it highly enough! I believe any bluegrass fan will enjoy this album for years and years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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On this tribute to Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs could have assembled an all-star cast of some of bluegrass music's finest pickers [which he does on the instrumental "Big Mon"], instead he chose to show the kind of influence Monroe had on not just bluegrass but popular music. So what you get is a wide spectrum of artists.
Popster Burce Hornsby does a fine interpretation of "Darlin' Corey." [His bluegrass talents were first heard on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2.] Dolly Parton adds her wonderful vocal to "Cry, Cry Darlin'." The Whites' gorgeous harmonies make "Used To Be" a pure joy. Skaggs' mandolin adds a haunting quality to his duet with the Dixie Chicks on "Walk Softly." In addition to his solid reading of "My Little Georgia Rose," Travis Tritt plays a banjo(!) solo. Perhaps the biggest suprise is the duet with Skaggs and Joan Osborne on the moving "On the Old Kentucky Shore." But John Fogerty steals the show with his rockabilly performance of "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
Sure, bluegrass purists will be disappointed with this album, but if you're looking for an album to show how deep and far-reaching Bill Monroe's impact was on music, this album is a winner. RECOMMENDED
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tribute to the Father of Bluegrass Music - Bill Monroe" September 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is "Ultimate Bluesgrass", some of todays greatest artists and performers paying tribute to the icon of "good ole down-home" music, Bill "Father of Bluegrass" Monroe! Been noted, Bill played the mandolin with a rock n' roll heart, style was emotional and ecstatic, his signature song "BLUE MOON KENTUCKY", redone by Elvis on his initial recording, often cited as the first "rockabilly" record.
Bill's contribution and influence on Rock N' Roll, was recognized with his induction, into the "ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM" in 1997.
There isn't a country artist today, who doesn't owe Bill a debt of gratitude, because of his great talent, we have his music and memory living on forever.
Stand outs: "BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY" by John Fogerty, is priceless, "USED TO BE" by The Whites, just grinning and picking, what talent, "MY LITTLE GEORGIA ROSE" by Travis Tritt, wonderful performance, takes you back, where the tall pines grow, "ON THE OLD KENTUCKY SHORE", we hear Joan Osborne & Ricky Skaggs, singing near the Ohio River, just wonderful.
Highlight: "BIG MON", last track, some of the best, paying tribute to this legendary figure - "Father of Bluegrass" - Mr. Bill Monroe!
Entire album, is a lifetime of memories through music, wonderful human being - "Big Mon" The Songs of Bill Monroe!
Total Time: 45:24 on 13 Tracks/ Skaggs Family Records - SKFR CD 1002 (2000)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb February 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Big Mon is an excellent collection of Bill Monroe covers. Personally, my favorites are Cry, Cry Darlin' by Dolly Parton and Walk Softly by the Dixie Chicks. Dolly Parton and Natalie Maines have the perfect voices for Monroe's music and it is a beautiful fit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monroe would be proud! February 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Bill Monroe and Ricky Scaggs for as long as I have been listening to music (+/-40 years). Ricky has done Bill proud on his covers of Mr Monroe's tunes. Bill's music has always stood the test of time and a little electricity just makes it that much better. All the artists were terrific on their selections with Bruce, Steve, the Chicks, and Travis standing out in my mind. Kudos to all the artists who paricipated in this tribute. This is another slice of what we call "American music". If you like Bluegrass, get it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing album.... November 29, 2000
By Eliza
Format:Audio CD
Really there are no words to explain the greatness of this cd...I bought it for the dixie chicks singing the "Walk Softly" track, and after listening to the rest of the cd, I fell in love with it! Darlin' Corey is absolutely perfect, and Cry Cry Darlin is just right...you couldn't ask for a more well put together album. Ricky Skaggs did an excellent job with producing and playing in it. All of the performers seemed to capture what bill monroe would have wanted. All in all, I would never give this cd up...it's a permanent part of my collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Blue Moon of Kentucky alone!!! September 21, 2000
By TXRed
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A 30 second cut of the Big Mon's (Bill Monroe's) original version of Blue Moon of Kentucky fades as John Fogerty's masterful, rocking style takes quick charge of the song. For all Fogerty fans: this cut alone is worth the price of the CD. Hornsby's Darlin' Corey is haunting. Dolly Parton's distinctive voice is a perfect fit with Cry, Cry Darlin'. The entire CD, packed with big names, is a aural treat for all bluegrass fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
these are such great musicians! I love bluegrass, & this album is an exceptional display of talent - all good!
Published 3 months ago by pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to pick a favorite on this one
Dolly Parton together with Ricky Skaggs and LeeAnn Womack on Cry, Cry, Darlin' is awesome and produces heartbreakingly beautiful harmony. Read more
Published 10 months ago by japlangston
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy about Bluegrass !!!
A great addition to your collection. It took Clyde 45 years to get me to like bluegrass music and now I can't get enough of it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Monroe...the father of Bluegrass
Love this tribute! John Fogerty is amazing! Dixie Chicks and Ricky Skaggs together sound phenomenal! Anyone who loves Bluegrass music would appreciate this!
Published 14 months ago by Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass music lover
I had this CD before but lost it. When I found it on Amazon at a VERY reasonable price it was just the best of luck. I really enjoy listening to the different artists. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gems for your bluegrass collection
The real hidden treasure on here is the Bill Monroe tune "Used To Be". The Whites do a fine job, sounds like Ricky on fiddle, Jerry Douglas and the White family or Buck White and... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Steve T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great arrangements
I love this cd. Had one from a friend and I played it to death, I guess. I've shared this with people and they love it. Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by D. Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - some songs are 5, some are a lot less
Uneven album - I was looking for more traditional bluegrass readings of Bill Monroe's repertoire. But some, like Blue Moon (rocked nicely by John Fogerty), were almost too far... Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BLUEGRASS PURIST-BUT...
THIS CD CONTAINS SOME WONDERFUL VERSIONS OF BILL MONROE SONGS.I WAS HOOKED RIGHT AFTER THE PIANO LICK ON TRACK ONE.THE BRUCE HORNSBY VERSION OF LITTLE COREY IS TOP NOTCH. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by Robin L. Wever
5.0 out of 5 stars From library shelf to CD case
I had an assignment for a college Appalachian Music class, where we had to listen to Bill Monroe songs, so I chose this CD. Read more
Published on November 19, 2003 by "lai312"
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