The winners are Andy Bing and Todd Evans
Additional Bowden Comments
Yup, it was E. When the Grammy was announced “most” traditional bluegrass fans said “Wha? Who is Bruce Hornsby?” The previous year he had a hit record out that mentioned a bluegrass band playing in a park, called “Mandolin Rain”. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was hardly mentioned in any of the disgusted discussion. Bruce is a piano picker. Since then, he’s made a couple of recordings with Ricky Skaggs’ bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. But I think this Grammy really gave a kick in the pants to bluegrass record companies, artists and promoters, to get ORGANIZED to promote more authentic bluegrass recordings.
A would almost make sense, suggesting that the Grammy people didn’t really know any other bluegrass artists. But Monroe never won another Grammy.
B. Sweet Baby James might have mentioned the word “bluegrass” in a song, but I’m not aware of it. Of course, acoustic guitar players have very high respect for James huge talent on guitar.
C. Jethro Tull on Jethro Bodine’s coat tails? Really…
D. Now it is true that a court case brought by Benny Martin found that Dolly appropriated the melody of Benny’s “Me and My Fiddle” for the verses of “9 to 5”. I rather doubt it was intentional. When you compare the two songs, you can see how a judge could say they’re the same melody thogh.
F. It is true that several years ago a movie about the romance of Bill Monroe and Bessie Mauldin was getting started. The star playing Monroe was one of the Sarsgaard brothers, I believe. Del McCoury in fact sang the Bill Monroe parts for Sarsgaard to lip synch (shades of Dan Tyminski and George Clooney!). Ronnie McCoury provided the mandolin score. Mike Compton was chosen for the filming of his hands (as Monroe’s) on the mandolin. TV/movie star Ed Helms (The Office), who actually plays banjo very well (see: The Office) portrayed Earl Scruggs. Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou) portrayed Lester Flatt. For whatever reason the movie was never finished. What I’d give to see it! No recordings were ever released; I haven’t so much as heard an audio tape from the score. I’m sure the movie would have had a sad ending though…