The Acoustic Disc Archive Series proudly presents Bill Monroe and the
Blue Grass Boys Live at Mechanics Hall. This classic 1963 edition
of Monroe's band - featuring the revolutionary banjo playing of Bill
Keith and the high lonesome sound of Del McCoury at the beginning
of his career as a singer and rhythm guitarist - was recorded by David
Grisman at one of America's finest pre-civil war concert halls.
Live at Mechanics Hall features over 12 songs never released by
this configuration, including two tracks featuring Bill's daughter Melissa
Monroe and the only recorded Monroe duet with Bea Lilly of
the Lilly Brothers.
This concert provides a glimpse of Bill Monroe at a time when he was putting
a lot of energy into his performances. Stand-out tracks like "On and On,"
"John Henry," "Blue Ridge Mt. Blues" and a blistering version of "Rawhide"
shows Monroe's determination to keep up with the musical challenges presented
by the hot young musicians in his band. Reflecting on his time with Monroe,
Del McCoury states, "I've learned a lot from Bill, and I've learned that
a lot of jazz, country and blues musicians wish they had gotten to be
Blue Grass Boys. I was lucky to have gotten to play with him."
In 1963 Bill Monroe was on the brink of becoming an icon of American music.
Performances like these helped propel him to that status in his legendary
career. Live at Mechanics Hall also features a 24-page booklet
containing previously unpublished archival photos and extensive notes
by bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg.