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Musicians come together to pay homage to "father of bluegrass"

Bill Monroe Tribute Band to perform at Blue Waters Bluegrass festival


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Premier mandolinist John Reischman will be teaming with Eastern Washington University instructor, fiddle player and author Greg Spatz and other musicians to honor legendary mandolin player Bill Monroe on Sunday, the final day of the 2014 Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival.

Bluegrass fans who remember musician Bill Monroe will get a chance to relive some of their favorite memories.

One of the headline acts for this year's Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 8-10, is the Bill Monroe Tribute Band, a group of musicians coming together in honor of Monroe, who many regard as the "father of bluegrass."

Born in 1911, Monroe was a mandolinist player whose high-paced style developed into the style of bluegrass. The genre of bluegrass comes from Monroe's band "The Bluegrass Boys."

"It was in the 1950s when people started using calling it 'bluegrass,'" Kevin Brown, Bl...

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