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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
  • ASIN: B00004UEUN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,200 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

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves GOOD bluegrass music.
Marilyn
Skaggs has taken contemporary singers and musicians and combined them on an album that is truely a great memorial.
"tchargers"
I loved it so much that some songs just about made me dance in the listening room.
"lai312"

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
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 By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Bill A Glasspool on 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 By Eliza on November 28, 2000
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hmraymond on February 2, 2001
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TXRed on September 21, 2000
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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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