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Bill Monroe

Live from Mountain Stage

(Blue Plate Music)

Bill Monroe is one of those rare figures in the history of music credited with inventing a genre. He did that with bluegrass to be sure, but he also trained several generations of bluegrass musicians as well, guaranteeing the continued excellence and development of the genre. Virtually any bluegrass great you can name—Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Reno and Smiley, Vassar Clements, Carter Stanley, and Mac Wiseman—studied at the feet of the master in the Bluegrass Boys. Capturing an incendiary performance by one of Monroe’s late-period bands in 1989, Live From Mountain Stage shows that Monroe never lost a step throughout his long career. Many of Monroe’s absolute classics are played in rousing fashion, including “Mule Skinner Blues,” “Uncle Pen,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” and “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms.”

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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