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Old 02-26-2019, 07:46 PM
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Hello you 30-something mandolin players on the ACF! My dad played mandolin for many years, in 1972 when I graduated from high school, we made a trip to Bean Blossom together to attend Bill Monroe's bluegrass festival. I got to drive. Here's a picture of my father with The Father. My dad is holding Bill's Gibson. A great memory!
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:01 PM
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I dig it!
One of those things that remind why your dad will always be your hero...
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:12 PM
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Very cool picture!
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I didn’t get a photo of the occasion the time I met Bill Monroe, but I got the next best thing when I played “Salt Creek” for him on my mountain dulcimer, he said:

“That’s GOOD!! You play that thing the way it SHOULD be played!”

So I asked him: “Do you know any other dulcimer players who play it this way?”

And he replied: “No, just you.”

That made me feel about ten feet tall, as you might imagine. So I asked him to autograph the top of the dulcimer, which he did, essentially carving his signature into the lacquer with the ballpoint pen I handed him.

So I cherish that memory, as you might imagine. I still own and play that dulcimer, too, and see his signature every time I do.

It’s very cool that you and your father got to meet him.

What surprised me the most when I met Mr. Monroe was how high pitched his speaking voice was. He was a big guy - NFL linebacker size - but you wouldn’t know it from his voice!


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Thanks Lonesome Dave, Frank, and great story Wade!
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I grew up, and still live about 20 miles from there. In the seventies I was over there whenever there was music going on. Bill would always have an open jam session. anyone that wanted could join in, Bill would play and always a lot of other big names picking right alongside...
Great memories of that place.
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My moms grandpaw went to school with the Monroe brothers & played his banjo with them quite a bit when they were younger. I thought that was a pretty cool deal. I met Ralph Stanley & his son Ralph II when i was a kid. I went with a neighbor that played banjo & Frank Neat to meet them at a hotel for Frank to deliver one of his banjos he made for Ralph. I really didn't even realize how lucky i was because of being so young. lol
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