I'm Old Kentucky Bound

I'm Old Kentucky Bound

by Charlie MonroeCharlie Monroe


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The older brother of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe (the brothers played and recorded together as the Monroe Brothers from 1936 to 1938), Charlie Monroe will always stand slightly in the shadow of Bill's considerable legacy, but his own body of work is solid and impressive on its own merits. Playing a mixture of bluegrass, string band, and country with just a bit of a honky tonk stance for seasoning, Monroe and his many versions of the Kentucky Pardners recorded numerous sides for RCA Victor and Decca between 1938 and 1956, the period covered by this four-disc box set from Bear Family, and if the material falls frequently to the generic side of the line, there are also several moments of inspired joy and musical brilliance. By his own admission, Monroe wasn't much of a songwriter, and his favorite ploy was to lightly tinker with traditional mountain folk tunes and then give them new titles, often then recording that same song a second time with yet another title, so listening to this set is a bit like wandering into a hall of endlessly reflecting mirrors, but several do stand out, including "When the World's on Fire, Pt. 2," a spinoff of the 1930 Carter Family song that would later lend its melody to Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land"; a sturdy "Red Rocking Chair," which bears a strong resemblance to Dock Boggs' "Sugar Baby," although the melody is a common one and Boggs undoubtedly borrowed it as well; a marvelous, definitive version of the murder ballad "Down in the Willow Garden," which G.B. Grayson had previously recorded in 1928 as "Rose Conley"; plus the closest thing Monroe had to a hit, the fun and exuberant "Bringin' in the Georgia Mail." More workmanlike and less flashy and forward-thinking than his brother Bill (although Charlie was featuring electric guitar in his band as early as 1943), Charlie Monroe still delivered the goods more often than not, and if he'll forever be remembered as the other Monroe brother, he never rode coattails and his body of work, most of which is contained here, is well worth seeking out for a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127168085
catalogNumber: 16808
Rank: 146794


Disc 1

  1. Once I Had a Darling Mother
  2. No Home, No Place to Pillow My Head
  3. Farther Along
  4. When the World's on Fire, Pt. 2
  5. Take Me Back to the Valley
  6. Happy Spirit
  7. The Great Speckled Bird
  8. Tell Him to Come Back Sweet Fern
  9. Every Time I Feel
  10. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
  11. Oh Death
  12. Guided by Love
  13. If You See My Saviour
  14. From Shore to Shore
  15. Is She Praying There?
  16. Joy Bells in My Soul
  17. Just One Year
  18. Black Sheep
  19. Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight?
  20. Rubber Neck Blues
  21. There's No Depression in Heaven
  22. Mother's Not Dead, She's Only Sleeping

Disc 2

  1. I'm Comin' Back But I Don't Know When
  2. It's Only a Phonograph Record
  3. Down in the Willow Garden
  4. Bringin' in the Georgia Mail
  5. When the Angels Carry Me Home
  6. If We Ever Meet Again
  7. Campin' in Canaan's Land
  8. Don't Forget to Pray
  9. The Grave at the Foot of the Mountain
  10. I See a Bright Light Shining
  11. End of Memory Lane
  12. Shenandoah Waltz
  13. Sweetheart I Love You Best
  14. I Know You'll Understand
  15. What Became of That Beautiful Picture
  16. Walking with You in My Dreams
  17. They Didn't Believe It Was True
  18. Time Clock of Life
  19. Red Rocking Chair
  20. Without Me Are You Blue
  21. Our Mansion Is Ready
  22. A Valley of Peace
  23. Rosa Lee McFall
  24. My Saviour's Train

Disc 3

  1. Gonna Shake Hands with Mother Over There
  2. Gonna Shake Hands with Mother Over There
  3. Springtime in Glory
  4. So Blue
  5. Sugar Cane Mama
  6. Down in Caroline
  7. I Know He's Been Dealing with Me
  8. I Know He's Been Dealing with Me
  9. You'd Better Be Somewhere Praying
  10. You'll Find Me There
  11. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
  12. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
  13. Good Morning to You
  14. I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing
  15. I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing
  16. Gold Star Mother
  17. Jesus Is Calling
  18. Jesus Is Calling
  19. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race
  20. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race
  21. That Wild Black Engine
  22. You'll Find Her Name Written There
  23. You'll Find Her Name Written There
  24. An Angel in Disguise
  25. Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Leave 'Em Alone
  26. I'm Old Kentucky Bound
  27. These Triflin' Women
  28. Why Did You Say Good-Bye?
  29. I'm Weary of Heartaches
  30. That's What I Like About You
  31. Weep and Cry

Disc 4

  1. Old Joe Clark
  2. Opening Remarks from Charlie Monroe
  3. Penitentiary Blues
  4. Patter and Story from Charlie Monroe
  5. Why Did You Ever Say Goodbye?
  6. Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Leave 'Em Alone
  7. When the Women Get in Power
  8. I'm Old Kentucky Bound
  9. Down in Caroline
  10. Down in the Willow Garden
  11. Bill Cheatham
  12. I Know You'll Understand
  13. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
  14. I'm Old Kentucky Bound
  15. Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
  16. Good Morning to You
  17. Hop Along Peter
  18. Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
  19. Orange Blossom Special
  20. I'll Thank the Friends Who Prayed for Me
  21. Penitentiary Blues
  22. Lonely Little Robin
  23. Shine on Me
  24. John Henry
  25. Paul and Silas Bound in Jail
  26. Rocky Road Blues
  27. Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
  28. Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight?
  29. It's Only a Phonograph Record
  30. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
  31. Down in Caroline
  32. (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing
  33. Fiddle Outro

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Monroe   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Don Helms   Steel Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Grady Martin   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Hillous Butrum   Bass
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Ira Louvin   Mandolin
Ernie Newton   Bass
Paul Prince   Fiddle
Curly Seckler   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Howard Watts   Bass,Baritone (Vocal)
Birch Monroe   Vocal Harmony
Bill Callahan   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Zeke Morris   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Red Rector   Mandolin
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
James "Slim" Martin   Fiddle,Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Robert Lee "Bob" Foster   Steel Guitar
Gerald M. Rivers   Fiddle,Bass (Vocal)
Clyde Carl Baum   Mandolin,Vocals
Tex Isley   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Medford   Banjo,Guitar
Lavelle Coy   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Robert C. McNett   Guitar
Orne H. Osborne   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mac Wiseman   Author
Clyde Moody   Composer
Chubby Wise   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Arranger,Composer,Author
Wade Mainer   Author
Johnnie Wright   Author
Cliff Carlisle   Composer
Richard Alexander   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Bill Cox   Composer
Raymond Davis   Author,Illustrations
Mel Foree   Composer
David Freeman   Illustrations
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Pete Kuykendall   Illustrations
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Eli Oberstein   Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Curly Seckler   Author
Richard K. Spottswood   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Johnny Tucker   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Michael Brooks   Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Harold Hensley   Composer
Ernest Ferguson   Author
John Lair   Composer
Harty Taylor   Composer
Penny Parsons   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Dave Sax   Reissue Producer
Matt Cavaluzzo   Metal Transfers
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Cy Coben   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Gordon Parker   Illustrations
Mel Butler   Composer
Buddy Hogan   Illustrations
Campbell Mercer   Illustrations
Sylvia Monroe   Illustrations
Tommy Scott   Illustrations
Paul Cohen   Producer
J.R. Baxter Jr.   Composer
Thomas Westendorf   Composer
Karl Davis   Composer

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