Legacy: A Tribute to the First Generation of Bluegrass
Bill Monroe
Flatt & Scruggs
Stanley Brothers


Various Artists

(SHCD-9202)

Sugar Hill Records
P. O. Box 4040
Durham, NC 27706

A review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(aprice@firstdial.com)

Bluegrass music has always shown a healthy and proper respect for its founding fathers. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers still cast a huge influence over bluegrass music today, though Mr. Monroe, Carter Stanley and Lester Flatt have passed on, and Earl Scruggs doesn't play many public appearances anymore. Only Ralph Stanley remains touring actively.

Nonetheless, as long as there is bluegrass music being played somewhere, the influence of these legends will continue. Proof positive is found in Sugar Hill's collection, Legacy: A Tribute to the First Generation of Bluegrass * Bill Monroe * Flatt & Scruggs * Stanley Brothers. This compilation contains songs from several of Sugar Hill's finest albums, as well as a return to bluegrass roots for some who have made successful careers in country music. The album includes performances from former Blue Grass Boys Byron Berline, Peter Rowan, Roland White (now with Nashville Bluegrass Band), and Glen Duncan (currently playing with Lonesome Standard Time). Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass alumni include Marty Stuart (who was playing with Flatt before Marty was old enough to drive a car) and once again Roland White. Ricky Skaggs is here as a former Clinch Mountain Boy with Ralph Stanley. Seldom Scene, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Jonathan Edwards (with Seldom Scene), The Lonesome River Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Lonesome Standard Time, Vince Gill (with Berline), and Hot Rize alre also featured on this collection.

If you are a hard-core bluegrass aficionado, chances are that you have some of the recordings that were the sources for this collection. Chances are also that you'll begin picking up a few more. If you are interested in exploring bluegrass music for the first time, this is a great place to start and get a taste of the music of the many great artists who are part of today's bluegrass scene. This album is well worth its bargain price.

Edited by Kerry Dexter
(riosur@aol.com)

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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