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Rebel Records Joins in on Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration

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Bill MonroeCharlottesville, VA -- 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe, creator of bluegrass, and without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in American music. In a career that began in the late 1930s, Monroe and his band The Blue Grass Boys started a new genre of roots-based music that not only influenced artists worldwide, from Elvis Presley on down, but effectively shaped or changed the lives of literally thousand of professional and amateur musicians.

It is hard to imagine a bluegrass band today that does not include at least a few of Monroe's songs and tunes in its repertoire, and these two exceptional budget-priced collections just prove the ongoing strength and impact of his work. It is not just a coincidence that Rebel Records, in its illustrious 50 year history, has recorded numerous pieces that were written by or associated with the Father of Bluegrass Music but played by other first and second generation stars such as Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Don Reno & Red Smiley, Red Allen, the late Kenny Baker, Tony Rice, Del McCoury, and The Seldom Scene among others.

With Body and Soul features 17 classic songs and instrumentals of Monroe's performed by many of the biggest names in bluegrass past and present, including Stanley, Wiseman, Baker (teaming up with Monroe himself on "Road to Columbus"), Jim & Jesse, Don Rigsby and The Lonesome River Band to name a few.

Let The Light Shine Down presents 17 of Monroe's finest gospel numbers, played here by such artists as The Stanley Brothers, The Country Gentlemen, Don Reno & Benny Martin, Larry Richardson, Dave Evans and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice among others. In addition, many of the cuts on these two CDs include musicians who were once Blue Grass Boys themselves, like Sonny Osborne, Carter Stanley, Bobby Hicks, Bill Keith, Richard Greene and Peter Rowan.

Both volumes include previously unissued recordings as well as superb, extensive song notes by well-known Monroe biographer Neil V. Rosenberg. As he comments, "these musicians not only preserve the feeling and content of Monroe's repertoire, they reflect his belief that every musician should place a personal stamp upon each performance."

Track Listings:

With Body and SoulWith Body and Soul: A Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe

  1. My Little Georgia Rose - The Seldom Scene
  2. Rocky Road Blues - The Lonesome River Band
  3. White House Blues - Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals
  4. A Good Woman's Love - Tony Rice
  5. Big Mon - Bobby Hicks
  6. Blue Yodel #3 - IIIrd Tyme Out
  7. Kentucky Waltz - Don Rigsby & Midnight Call
  8. Road to Columbus - Kenny Baker featuring Bill Monroe
  9. With Body and Soul - Peter Rowan
  10. Uncle Pen - Jim & Jesse (Previously unreleased on Rebel)
  11. Tallahassee - Kenny Baker & Bobby Hicks
  12. The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band - The Boys from Indiana
  13. Close By - Red Allen
  14. Brown County Breakdown - Richard Greene
  15. Mule Skinner Blues - Reno & Smiley
  16. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Ralph Stanley
  17. Footprints in the Snow - Mac Wiseman

Let The Light Shine DownLet The Light Shine Down: A Gospel Tribute to Bill Monroe

  1. A Beautiful Life - The Country Gentlemen
  2. You're Drifting Away - The Lost & Found
  3. Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus - Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals
  4. Working on a Building - The Seldom Scene
  5. When the Saints Go Marching In - The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover
  6. I Am a Pilgrim - The Stanley Brothers (Previously unreleased on CD)
  7. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Don Reno & Benny Martin (Previously unreleased)
  8. Boat of Love - The Lost & Found
  9. The Old Cross Road - The Seldom Scene featuring Linda Ronstadt
  10. He Will Set Your Fields on Fire - Don Reno & Benny Martin (Previously unreleased)
  11. I'll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning - Larry Richardson (Previously unreleased)
  12. Let the Light Shine Down - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  13. Mansions for Me - Dave Evans
  14. Wayfaring Stranger - Ralph Stanley
  15. Little Community Church House - The Boys from Indiana
  16. Mother's Only Sleeping - The Stanley Brothers (Previously unreleased on CD)
  17. Shine Hallelujah Shine - Reno & Smiley

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