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RELEASE
October 15, 1996
LABEL
Sugar Hill
GENRES
Country, Country-Folk, Traditional Bluegrass, Progressive Country, Close Harmony, Old-Timey, Country-Rock, Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, Neo-Traditional Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass

Album Review

The 17 newly-recorded songs on this album comprise a loving tribute to the man generally considered to have invented bluegrass music, and the album was timed well, coming out just shortly before Monroe's death in 1996 at the age of 85. The songs are mostly pretty predictable. The program leads off with the Nashville Bluegrass Band's rendition of "Molly and Tenbrooks" (on which Alan O'Bryant does a pretty fair Monroe impression), and proceeds through a hair-raising rendition of "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home" by the Del McCoury Band. Other classics by various lineups follow: Vassar Clements and Richard Greene team up for a bracing run-through of the instrumental "Scotland"; Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick do great job on the title track; and Tim and Mollie O'Brien give "Sitting Alone in the Moonlight" a suitably haunting performance. Peter Rowan may be overrated as a singer, but as a former Blue Grass Boy and a tireless champion of Monroe's work, he has certainly earned the right to sing "Travelin' This Lonesome Road" and "Letter From My Darlin'." Highly recommended.
Rick Anderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Molly and Tenbrooks
  2. True Life Blues
  3. I'm on My Way to the Old Home
  4. Highway of Sorrow
  5. Old Ebenezer Scrooge
  6. Memories of You
  7. Rawhide
  8. Can't You Hear Me Callin'
  9. Letter from My Darling
  10. Sitting Alone in the Moonlight
  11. Big Mon
  12. Get Down on Your Knees and Pray
  13. Used to Be
  14. Scotland
  15. Travelin' This Lonesome Road
  16. Heavy Traffic Ahead
  17. Little Cabin Home on the Hill