Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, Live Recordings 1956-1969: Off the Record Volume 1

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A triumph on intimacy from Daddy Bluegrass.

Here's another triumph of intimacy, Folkways style, mostly cut live at workshops, jams and folk-fest gigs. Among the highlights are perhaps the most desolate version of “Wayfaring Stranger” ever captured on tape and a greased-lightning, almost orchestral-sounding “Get Up John.” But the most fun comes on “Monroe Family Segment,” some ten minutes of Daddy Bluegrass fielding questions from audiences about the relatives who gave him his musical roots, and unleashing a seamless medley of traditional, original and gospel tunes.