Then and Now: Bill Monroe – Playlist

Bill Monroe—depending on who you ask—started this whole bluegrass business, and led an illustrious touring career that extended into the 1990s. But Big Mon’s legacy obviously didn’t stop there. Go to any bluegrass jam and you’re liable to hear some of Monroe’s best hits from the 1940s and 1950s, from “Toy Heart” to “Little Cabin Home on the Hill” to “Honky Tonk Swing.” Bill’s disciples (read: any recording bluegrass artist) keep the big man’s music alive too, with old time Monroe hits regularly featuring on new records. With performances from Alan Munde, Rhonda Vincent, Tony Rice, and more—enjoy this playlist of Bill Monroe, Then and Now!

David Chernack

David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.

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