ive hours away from here is oneof the country's top bluegrassbands in Monroe Crossing, agroup named after the said manabove, Bill Monroe. The Twin Cities-basedband is made up of Derek Johnson (Guitar,Lead and Harmony Vocals), Lisa Fuglie (Fid-dle, Mandolin, Lead and Harmony Vocals),Matt Thompson (Mandolin, Fiddle, Baritone,Vocals), Mark Anderson (Bass and Bass Vo-cals) and Benji Flaming (Banjo).The group has its name from “their pathsbeing crossed through the music of Bill Mon-roe”, so 'Monroe Crossing' it is. With thesechaps you're going to get classic bluegrass,bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals ac-cording to the MonroeCrossing.com website.They play an average of 125 shows a year(that's a lot, even for younger bands whodrink one too many energy drinks) and head-lined at the 2007 International BluegrassMusic Association Convention as well asbeing inducted to the Minnesota Music Hallof Fame in the same year.They also enjoy doing their own coverstoo, such as Prince's 'Purple Rain'. The awe-some talents that make up this group willhave your mind blown. Lisa Fuglie can tearup the fiddle like no tomorrow (insert lamejoke about Fiddler on The Roof here) and youcan hear what I mean on Monroe Crossing'slatest record, Heartache and Stone. Lisa wasalso the 2000 Female Vocalist of the Year pre-sented by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association.Each band member is a Musician of TheYear in his or her own right. Banjo, fiddle,and sweet harmony vocals... and then some.This is a band, like Bill Monroe said in theabove quote, that plays straight from theirheart and will sink into yours. Sweet musicdoesn't seem to come around like this any-more, and I'd consider myself lucky to seethem live and I hope you do too. If you wantto take a break from today's screaming as-sault on vocal chords and industrialized rock,then I urge you to check out this band atKezar's Music in Thief River Falls on March13th.Not only is it a rare chance to go see somebleugrass music live, but these guys are lit-eral living legends in their genre. With tenCDs, a live concert DVD and an arm-load of awards, you won't be witnessing a typicalbluegrass show; you'll be witnessing a world-class show.Proceeds will go to the Thief River FallsCarnegie Library Restoration.To listen to Monroe Crossing before theshow, visit www.monroecrossing.com.
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Scottish bagpipes and ole' time fid-dlin. It's Methodist and Holiness andBaptist. It's blues and jazz, and it hasa high lonesome sound. It's plainmusic that tells a good story. It'splayed from my heart to your heart,and it will touch you. Bluegrass ismusic that matters,
Bill Monroe,“The Father of Bluegrass” 1911-1996.