Just Out: The Music Of Bill Monroe

I’ve been spending a lot of time going over this wonderful book, just released this week. Matter of fact, Neil Rosenberg just informed me I got a copy a day before he did! (Of course, he lives in Newfoundland … 🙂 ).

Based on an earlier work, “Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys – An Illustrated Discography” (1974)
by Mr. Rosenberg discography (this is a rare book, as it was never reprinted from its original small >2,000 copy initial run. Note the dog-eared condition of my copy), this new volume contains a complete discography of all of Bill’s commercial recordings and videos too. They are listed by session in chronological order, so it’s easy to trace Monroe’s musical evolution (or should we say “creativity” ?) through the years up to his death. Session dates, band listings, recording locations, master and release numbers . . . all are here for study and reflection. Add to this discographical listing a step by step musical analysis of every song recorded by Monroe, compiled by the late country music historian Charles K. Wolfe, and you have a volume that any serious fan of bluegrass music must add to his collection.

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CLICK HERE for further information and to order a copy ($35).

About Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. His music has been heard in clubs, concerts, saloons, universities, pre-schools, at weddings, wakes, parties, barn-raisings, calf-ropings, rodeos, auctions, fund raisers, wine tastings and chili cook offs.

Peter founded Santa Barbara’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention (1972), UCSB’s Old Time Music Front (1964), and The Bluebird Cafe (1971). Through these and other outlets, he was the first to bring many prominent folk, blues, and bluegrass artists, including Bill Monroe, Mance Lipscomb, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Balfa Brothers, and many others to the Santa Barbara area. Peter also helped others access the music by teaching privately, and in group classes for Santa Barbara Continuing Education, UCSB Extension, and McCabes Guitars. He was the first on the West Coast to produce and market instruction Lps – three on How To Play Country Fiddle, and one each on Clawhammer Banjo, and Maybelle Carter Style Guitar. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and for various interest groups, festival workshops, etc. In 2006, he presented his monograph titled “The Big bang Of Bluegrass Music” (describing the origins of bluegrass 1938 – 1946) to the worlds first International Music Symposium at the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green. He has also been very active in radio, television, and film work, producing weekly shows on country and bluegrass music over a 21 year period on various commercial and public stations. Peter currently maintains three music-related websites, a music blog, and an entertainment service company, “BlueGrass West!”, based in the Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California.

Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America’s musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Well-known as a historian and teacher, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences.

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