Bill Monroe

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No single figure in American music so dominated a genre as Bill Monroe did bluegrass. This film stands alone as the most intimate and detailed portrait of this unique musical innovator, creating an experience akin to having a one-on-one conversation with the bluegrass master. The film features archival footage and rare 1990s performances from Monroe's final years, including many of the greatest songs from his seven decades of recording, among them "Uncle Pen" and "Muleskinner Blues." In addition, it offers unparalleled access to Bill Monroe, following him from the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry to his farm outside Nashville and on the road in his legendary Blue Grass Express tour bus. Interview subjects range from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to country music pioneer Roy Acuff, in one of his final film appearances.

  • Film by: Steve Gebhardt
  • Produced by: Steve Gebhardt with Larry Nager
  • Cinematographer: Tom Hayes and Mike Caporale
  • Sound: Geoff Maxwell
  • Editor: Steve Gebhardt
  • Other Credits: Dedicated to the memory of Harry Smith (1923-1991).
  • Funding: The National Endowment for the Arts,the Indiana Humanities Foundation,The Kentucky Arts Foundation, The Kentucky HumanitiesCouncil, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, Thecity of Cincinnati, The Fine Arts Fund Project Pool, The NationalAcademy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, Fuji Film Award.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1993, Steve Gebhardt
  • 1h 31mins, Color