Watch this great series of two videos with Ricky Skaggs, speaking to Reverb about Mr. Bill Monroe HERE!
In part one, Skaggs recollects going up on stage with Mr. Monroe at the age of six. He discusses how the Gibson F-5 mandolin unlocked Monroe’s style, and the very strong overlap that exists between first generation bluegrass and first generation of rock ‘n’ roll.
In the second video in the set, Skaggs explores the particular rhythmic quality of Monroe’s mandolin arrangements, and how his particular bluegrass style has survived over the years amidst a certain neglect from the broader music world.