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Datebook: September 13 – “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe turns 100

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William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911 (and died September 9, 1996). He was an American musician who created the style of music known as bluegrass, which takes its name from his band, the “Blue Grass Boys,” named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass. Monroe was made an honorary Kentucky colonel in 1966. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as an “early influence”) in 1997. He was also an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1993, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2003, CMT had Bill Monroe ranked #16 on CMT 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Click here for more about Bill Monroe’s legacy from WKMS News’ Gary Pitts.


Check out NPR’s Bill Monroe tribute, featuring interviews with famous musicians.

It’s Tuesday, September 13

Today’s the deadline to register for Murray State’s Small Business Development Center’s State of the Economy event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The topic is Managing a Business for the free meeting for business owners, entrepreneurs and students in the Curris Center Ballroom. Make reservations at 270-809-2856.

Markethouse Theatre’s 2nd night of auditions for The 39 Steps is tonight at 7 in the main theatre in downtown Paducah. The cast needs 3 men ages 20 and up and one woman between 20 and 40 years old. The play runs weekends November 10 through 20. Newcomers are welcome.

Murray State English faculty member Carrie Jerrell reads for the MSU Reading Series Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. Ms. Jerrell’s debut collection “After the Revival” won the 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize from Waywiser Press. The gallery’s on the 6th floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

Expect reduced signal strength due to tower work this week unless you’re listening to 90.9 FM, Madisonville or HD1 at Thanks!


Written by Matt Markgraf

September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

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