The winner is Andy Bing
Father = Bill Monroe
1.Father of Bluegrass = Bill Monroe
2.King of Bluegrass = Jimmy Martin
3.Queen of Bluegrass = Rhonda Vincent according to the Wall St Journal, but Kitsy Kuykendall (widow of Bluegrass Unlimited publisher Pete Kuykendall) is the Queen to many!
4.King of the Carolina Dobro Pickers = Gene Wooten
5.Duke(s) of Bluegrass = banjoist Walter Hensley and his band (he was sometimes also known as the Baron of Baltimore)
6.Baron of Bluegrass = Lester Flatt, according to his biographer Olan Bassham
7.King of the Strings = country picker Joe Maphis; his closest association with bluegrass is that he and his wife wrote Dim Lights Thick Smoke
8.King of the Smokey Mt. Banjo Pickers = Raymond Fairchild
9.The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel = The Lewis Family
10.Doctor Banjo = Pete Wernick of Hot Rize
11.The Chief = Sonny Osborne
Additional Bowden Comments
A few other “titles” we used to bestow on festival acts included:
The Uncle of Bluegrass: either Charlie Monroe (Bill’s brother) or Uncle Pen Vandiver
Son of Bluegrass: James Monroe
Count Sparkula: Larry Sparks
The Noise from Indiana: The Boys from Indiana
Del McMuffin & The Dixie Cups: Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals, according to my 3 year old son
Blobby and Scummy, the Obscene Brothers: The Osborne Bros.
Oh we were wise-asses then!
Some of the names in my list with the trivia question DID have royal titles.
Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells were the King and Queen of Country Music
The Carter Family were called The First Family of Country Music.
Although not listed, Jimmie Rodgers was the Father of Country Music.