Bill Monroe Tribute - Nashville, TN on April 17, 1997

Marty was one of many performers who appeared on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on April 17 to honor the late Bill Monroe. Most of the songs performed were either written by Bill Monroe or favorites of his. Marty played mandolin and sang a song accompanied by former Hot Hillbilly Band member, Larry Marrs. Marty also brought out the Del McCoury Band to join him in an instrumental. Three performers received standing ovations: Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley and Marty (all well deserved).

Other performers on the bill included Alison Krauss and Union Station, Charlie Daniels, Connie Smith, The Whites, John Hartford, The Osborne Brothers, Mark O'Connor, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, James Monroe (Bill's son), Tim O'Brien, Jerry and Tammy Sullivan, The Original Sullivan Family, Larry Sparks, The Bluegrass Boys, and Jimmy Martin remember his barking dogs on the "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best" album?).

Proceeds from the concert will go to erect a monument at Mr. Monroe's gravesite in Rosine, Kentucky. The Bill Monroe Music Scholarship at Belmont University will also benefit from this concert. The show was taped for an upcoming television special.

Review by Sherry Mattioli
(Photo taken by Mario Mattioli

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