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No. 2 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'

The second tune of our "Bluegrass for Beginners" countdown brings us to one of the greats, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe.

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs 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.”