Sam Bush reflects on Bill Monroe's legacy in an NPR interview: Celebrating the Father of Bluegrass at 100.

Sep 13, 2011

Sam talks with NPR's All Things Considered team as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe's birthday.

"I Always Thought Of Him As 7 Feet Tall"

Sitting inside his tour bus, Grammy-winning musician Sam Bush recalls Bill Monroe as a complicated figure. He could be fiercely disapproving toward those who strayed too far from the "true vine" of bluegrass tradition, and in the 1970s and '80s, Sam Bush's band The New Grass Revival did just that, merging older traditions with elements of rock 'n' roll. But Monroe could also be strikingly generous to others in times of need.

LISTEN HERE: Sam Bush on Monroe's hard and soft sides

Bill Monroe's generous legacy shines on through his music and lives he touched. He is greatly missed by all!


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