'Bluegrass for Beginners' continues with 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'

Posted by David Menconi on September 12, 2013 

ACL 1980


Continuing on with our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown, Day Two brings us to the great Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (from yesterday’s entry) were both in Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys when he first recorded this stately bluegrass waltz in 1946. Beyond bluegrass, the most famous version is probably Elvis Presley’s uptempo cover on the B-side of his Sun Session side “That’s All Right.” The version here is from a 1980 Monroe appearance on “Austin City Limits.”

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