THE BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME 'Inductee Biographies 1991-2014' BOOK: HF
by Fred Bartenstein and Gary Reid (Holland- Brown, 2014) 242 Pages, hardbound. Authors Reid and Bartenstein have put together this wonderful work that presents 2 or 3 page “mini-biographies” of all the inductees to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame (from 1991 to 2014). Not only are there well written, accurate highlights of the contributions of each inductee, there are also good photos of every Hall of Fame member—many in full color (check out the great color photo of Don Reno & Red Smiley on stage, that appears on pages 24 and 25, for example). The book covers the members chronologically, starting of course with Bill Monroe and continuing up to 2014 when Neil Rosenberg was inducted. In addition to the artists who helped shape the music over the years, you will of course find important contributors to the growth of Bluegrass—people like Pete Kuykendall, Lance Leroy, Bill Vernon, Syd Nathan, Carlton Haney and Charles Wolfe among others. Any serious fan of Bluegrass music would more than likely be thrilled with this amazing book. The volume is a bit expensive, but well worth it.