King & The Father CD (2005)

Artist: Bill Monroe

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Product Overview


Label Music Mill
SKU 63936537
UPC 688907004828
UPC 14 00688907004828
Format CD
Release Date 1/11/2005
Author Bill Monroe
Associated Artist/Work Bluegrass Album Band (The)
Associated Artist/Work Flatt & Scruggs
Associated Artist/Work Flatt, Lester
Associated Artist/Work Jim & Jesse
Associated Artist/Work Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Technical Info
CatalogID 70048
Lable Name Music Mill
Released 01/11/2004
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00688907004828
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bill Monroe (mandolin); Jimmy Martin (vocals).
The King and the Father features a dozen of Bill Monroe's early-'50s Decca recordings on which Jimmy Martin provided lead or duet vocals. Although these performances were originally billed only to Monroe, the anthology cleverly gives joint credit to Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," and Martin, the "King of Bluegrass," to emphasize Martin's contribution and to target his audience. Many bluegrass devotees regard Martin as the finest bluegrass vocalist of all time, and at the very least, his high lonesome tenor is a model for the genre. He harmonizes sublimely with Monroe, and the two join together in a heartsick cry that matches their penchant for unvarnished, sorrowful bluegrass songs about tragedy and suffering. Many of Monroe's classic recordings are included, such as "Uncle Pen," "The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake," and "In the Pines," as well as less-frequently anthologized performances. There is much overlap between Monroe and Martin's audiences, but, in the years since Monroe's death, Martin has inherited the "elder statesman of bluegrass" mantle and continued to perform, reaching new and younger listeners. As a result, Martin's stature has only grown, and he may be reaching some new bluegrass fans that investigate Monroe because of his association with Martin, instead of the other way around. Whatever the listener's motivation, The King and the Father provides a sampling of Martin's collaborations with Monroe for old and new fans alike at an affordable price. ~ Greg Adams
Disc 1
1 Uncle Pen
2 On And On
3 Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake, The
4 Sitting Alone In The Moonlight
5 I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home
6 Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John)
7 In The Pines
8 I Hope You Have Learned
9 River Of Death
10 Memories Of Mother And Dad
11 Letter From My Darling
12 I'll Meet You In Church On Sunday Morning
Product Attributes
Artist Monroe,Bill
Label Music Mill
Music Format Compact Disc
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