The winner is Steve Margulis
Additional Bowden Comments
Good job Steve. As I said, not all of the true comments have been published, so some intuitive guessing was in order.
A is probably Bill’s most famous saying. He applied it to anything he didn’t like.
B—he never said. At least 2 women were significant members of theBlue Grass Boys; Sally Ann Forrester during WWII, and Bessie Mauldin from WWII to the early 1960s. Plus, Bill REALLY liked women!
C was told direct to me by a Nashville area breakfast hostess. She and her husband used to host all night picking parties with a big outdoor breakfast in the morning. Monroe LOVED a good feed, especially breakfast and he would often attend. One morning he came to her complaining there weren’t any fried taters. She apologized saying “sorry Bill I didnt make any fried tater”. Bill wouldn’t let up. “I really like fried taters!” Again she apologized and was starting to get a bit peeved. Bill tried one more time, probably trying to get her to MAKE some for him. She spoke back rather sharply “Bill there ain’t any fried taters!” Bill made a puss face and said “But I eat fried taters every day of my life!” And then stomped away. That phrase is handed around a lot in the Nashville bluegrass community.
D was already in a Trivia Question months ago. Bill said it in a radio interview in Montreal in 1966.
E I heard Bill say in answer to a complex question about Bill’s music style. A music college type of question. This was a workshop at the old Peaceful Valley festival in Shinhopple NY. AFter the lady’s great long question about arpeggios and obscure scales, Bill took a long pause, and gave her this immortal statement. I almost busted a gut suppressing my laughter. Best answer ever!
F was at that same workshop. Some beginner asked him how he held his pick. Cryptic reply
G is what Bill said to me after a long afternoon visit at his home in Goodlettsivlle TN with a couple of local friends. I had mentioned to Bill how much I liked the Monroe Brothers. I never got to talk to him again. That was 1994.
H is another piece of advice from the Peaceful Valley about how to play mandolin. Bill played tremolo with his right hand most of the time, with single notes being the minority of his picking.