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Bill Monroe

Live From The Mountain Stage – 1999 (Blue Plate Music)

Reviewed by Stephen L. Betts

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Continuing their distinguished series of live recordings from the nationally syndicated radio show, "Mountain Stage," this release marks more than one milestone for Blue Plate Music. Recorded by Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys for broadcast in May 1989, it's the 20th in the "Best of Mountain Stage" series and also marks the first release of an album in the series by a single artist.

Monroe and the boys, along with singer/songwriter Diana Christian, tear through 13 of his best-loved tracks, including a rousing sing-along with the crowd on "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and an absolutely on-fire "Rawhide." Sure, Monroežs vocals falter on occasion (he was 77 at the time), but the instrumental prowess he and his band members possessed is evident throughout. It's a nice document by which to remember a true legend of American music.