Last night I saw the Sons of Blue Grass concert. It was Butch Robins, Doug Hutchins, TomEwing, and several other of the old bluegrass boys. it was very cool to see how they worked together, how they communicated with each other, and how they shared a common bond that really very few people in the world share. They played songs of Bill Monroe that we all know and they played them well.
They frequently told stories about Bill and their times with Bill and it was very very great. Watching these fellows, who have lived many many years with this music was very inspirational.
Music heroes like Butch Robins, Doug Hutchins and the others playing together was priceless. If this event ever happens again, everybody here should make a real effort to try and see it.
Edited by - budbennett on 06/17/2019 07:04:44
Sounds great. Wish I’d been there.
you make any videos?
No, I didn't make a video, my phone is pretty @#$6_$ up. It was cool to see all those guys though.
It does sound like a great show, that's why I was praying for a video...I would love to see them. I hope your phone gets better soon.
Bud, Where was the concert held?
There were two in our area, one at the Galax music center on the parkway and one at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount. Both are terrific venues.
Here is what I could find on youtube from the concert. Maybe more will show up. In 2006 in Bloomington Indiana I saw Butch with Mike Compton and David Grier do a celebration of Bill Monroe. They did the same format as you saw and It was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen. The thing that stuck with me the most from the show was their timing. You could not sit still during the show. You had to move or tap your feet. It was just beautiful and showed me what is missing in a lot of the bluegrass of today. Hopefully more tapings will come up on youtube. Here they are warming up on Jerusalem Ridge.
There are a bunch of videos popping up on facebook so probably youtube will get some too. I tried to share them but couldn't.
(from your linked video) Robert Bowlin.... wow, he is great. (Also there was Billy Baker who played fiddle with Monroe in the early 1960s. And was Kenny Baker's cousin.) Mostly I'm not a huge fan of the fiddle but Bowlin was playing some really great stuff that really caught my ear.
article from bluegrass today on it:https://bluegrasstoday.com/the-spirit-of-bill-monroe-lives-on-in-his-sons-of-bluegrass/
I saw them on Saturday night. It was a great show. We have a good video of Jerusalem Ridge I'll try to post later. budbennett I sat one row ahead of you. I remember Butch recognizing you.
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