Emmylou Harris & Ricky Skaggs
Hall of Fame Essay
Truth be told, Bill Monroe was not much of a fan of rock & roll.
Yet Monroe’s own powerful music — the gospel, blues and old-timey string-band blend that he and his ecstatic mandolin transformed into bluegrass - helped to give birth to the rock & roll sound.
“It was a Bill Monroe song that was the first-ever rockabilly song,” Carl Perkins declared recently in his South by Southwest keynote address.
Well, Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lordy, how it would ring
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