Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Various Artists 

The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe (Audium)

The music presented in this new Bill Monroe tribute CD is terrific. How could it not be, with artists like Ricky Skaggs, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, and others performing the songs of the man who -- over his 60-year career -- influenced them all ? Culled from a concert at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in April 1997, seven months after Monroe's death at 84, The Legend Lives On contains inspired efforts from everyone who lent a hand to the project.

But is it necessary? Might this CD be strictly for completists? For those wishing to familiarize themselves with the career of the Father of Bluegrass, there are better starting points than this. Considering how Monroe's time as a recording artist stretched over so many years, the curious should have no trouble finding a multi-disc album or boxed set of material by the man himself. Yes, this is a great Monroe tribute, but it's not Bill Monroe.

That said, Legend is nothing short of excellent. Almost every song here -- even Skaggs's rambling version of "Get Up John" (mercifully cut from more than 10 minutes to 5:19) -- is a Sunday punch. But for those seeking an introduction to this behemoth of American music, gathering Monroe's own work is a better way to get acquainted with his greatness.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Steve Byrne

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Michael Kosta @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 28
  • Ali Siddiq @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Fri., Jan. 28
  • The Boys From the County Hell @ House of Blues

    • Fri., Jan. 28

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation