4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 52-page book, CD 63 tracks, playing time approx. 194 mns. DVD 30 tracks, playing time approx. 92 mns.
In 1975 and 1989, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys came to Germany. For European fans, these were two rarechances to see the Father of Bluegrass Music in person, and Monroe did not disappoint anyone on either occasion. Infact, the presence of so many ecstatic fans spurredBill Monroe and his band to give unsurpassed performances.
The 1975 shows featured one ofBill Monroe’s best line-ups: Kenny Baker on fiddle, Ralph Lewis on guitar, Bob Black onbanjo, and Randy Davis on bass. They played many of Bill Monroe’s best-known songs, including Muleskinner Blues,Footprints In The Snow, Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, Doin' My Time and a medley with the E. L. Hillbillies.
The 1989 tour came after several bouts of ill-health, but Bill Monroe performed with all his old vigor. He played just oneshowdate in Germany, at Streekermoor, near Oldenburg, and didn’t disappoint his many European fans, some of whomhad come from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden to hear him. Recordings from the 1989 show includeThe Old Brown County Barn, Uncle Pen, Cheyenne, My Little Georgia Rose, and Jerusalem Ridge.
Both shows were recorded and catch the country music giant at his late-career peak.
Bill Monroe's death in September 1996 makes these rare in-person performances all the more valuable. Bluegrass ismore popular than ever now, but in these previously unavailable sound and video recordings we hear how its originatormeant it to be played