BILL MONROE 'Father Of Bluegrass'
This is a very nicely done 90-minute documentary that features music as well as interviews with numerous artists and others who were close to this musical giant. There are plenty of black & white still shots from early in his career, plus a good amount of film footage (both black & white and color) of the Bluegrass Boys in action (I still can’t get over the Gannaway segment from around 1955 where Monroe tears into ROANOKE with Bobby Hicks and another fiddler, even though I’ve seen it many times: it reminds us just how powerful a musician Monroe was in his prime!). There is interview material done on Monroe’s farm, on his tour bus and backstage, including a campfire vignette with Ricky Skaggs. There is footage of Monroe in action with Lester Flatt, Del McCoury, Kenny Baker, Dolly Parton, Bill Keith, Emmylou Harris and others, as well as well selected commentary by McCoury, Baker, Marty Stuart, Mac Wiseman, John Hartford, Sonny Osborne, Chubby Wise, Roy Acuff and even Jerry Garcia. A warm, well produced souvenir, and an item that helps document the amazing musician who changed the course of many of our lives.