Oklahoma fiddler Byron Berline records Bill Monroe tribute album
A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma fiddler records Bill Monroe tribute album
Internationally acclaimed fiddler Byron Berline, who lives in Guthrie, has recorded a new tribute album in honor of the late bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. The album is aptly titled “Byron Berline Thanks Bill Monroe”
Berline is selling the album and performing with his band Friday and Saturday at the 15th Annual Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie.
The 14-track CD includes Monroe classics like “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin’” and “Rawhide.”
“It’s all these goodies,” said Berline, who founded and organizes the Guthrie festival. “I wanted to thank him for all he’s done for me and for bluegrass.”
Many bluegrass musicians are paying tribute to Monroe this fall. The architect of bluegrass and a country music pioneer, Monroe would have turned 100 on Sept. 13. He died in 1996 at the age of 84.
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