This weekend I had the pleasure to do a book signing at ROMP “River Of Music Party” , sponsored by the International Bluegrass Museum. It was so much fun. They had bluegrass bands from as far away as Japan, Hungary, and Sweden. Bill Monroe would have been pleased.
One of the most interesting bands was the Professors of Bluegrass, who are all professors at Yale and their Bass Player is the Provost there.
Bluegrass is the official State Music of Kentucky, and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" shares with Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" the honorable distinction of being the official Kentucky State Songs. The infectiously energetic style of dance that grew up around bluegrass and old time music is clogging, the official Kentucky State Dance.
The International Bluegrass Museum, established to preserve the history of the music Mr. Monroe created, is located 30 minutes from the little town of Rosine, Kentucky, and Jerusalem Ridge, the homeplace where he was born and grew to manhood, and where he and members of his family now rest in peace.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in the RiverPark Complex in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. As you draw near, you'll hear the sounds of bluegrass music emanating from the museum's radio station, RBI, with audio speakers taking the music to the streets. Only a few hundred feet from the museum's entrance, the sound of music drifts downstream via the mighty Ohio River, the subject of more than a few memorable bluegrass songs.
For more information on the Museum go to their website at http://www.bluegrass-museum.org/general/home.php