Bill Monroe, Oak Leaf Park, Luray, VA, July 4, 1961


 Bill Monroe, Bessie Lee Mauldin, Billy Baker, Bobby Smith, Tony Ellis 

    01 Watermelon Hanging On The Vine
    02 Intro
    03 Panhandle Country
    04 Travel On
    05 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
    06 Rubber Dolly
    07 Rawhide
    08 Linda Lou
    09 Carter Intro
    10 Carter Ripping off Flatt & Scruggs
    11 Sugar Coated Love (w/ Carter Stanley)
    12 What Would You Give (w/ Carter Stanley)
    13 Mac Wiseman Intro
    14 Can't You Hear Me Callin?
    15 Travel This Lonesome Road
    16 Whitehouse Blues
    17 Ya'll Come

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This show was the first event that used the words, "Bluegrass Festival," and was promoted by the legendary singer and recording artist, Bill Clifton. The location was Oak Leaf Park in Luray, Virginia, and the date was July 4, 1961. This was also the first time that more than two well-known Bluegrass acts were booked on the same show. Prior to that occasion, one or two Bluegrass bands would be booked on a country show of that period. The festival was a one day event that featured Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Country Gentlemen, Jim and Jesse, Mac Wiseman and Bill Clifton. This was also the first time that Bill Monroe called former members of The Blue Grass Boys to the stage to play and sing. When 2,200 people attended the show, it opened up a new venue for Bluegrass music.

Updated December 28, 2012

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