This & ThatBluegrass music has an interesting local history

Brothers Bill and Charlie Monroe sang as a duet during the ‘20s and ‘30s.Their voices blended together as many brother acts did during that era. They recorded mainly on the Bluebird label. Charlie played the guitar and Bill became very proficient on the mandolin. In 1938 the brothers split up and went out on their own. Each formed his own band with Bill calling his band “The Bluegrass Boys” since he was a native of Kentucky. Charlie named his band “The Kentucky Partners,” reflecting his Kentucky heritage.

Bill and his band turned out to be more popular and claimed tremendous success during Bill’s very long career. Bill began calling his style of music Bluegrass Music. The name stuck and soon all music of that genre was called Bluegrass Music. And Bill is appropriately known as the “Father of Bluegrass.” The Monroe brothers were born into a musical family. Their mother played several instruments. Bill’s older brothers, Harry and Birch, played the fiddle. Charlie and sister Bertha played guitar. Bill learned to play the mandolin by the age of 10.


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