2) Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8) - released in 1940 on Bluebird
3) No Letter in the Mail - released in 1940 on Bluebird
4) Doghouse Blues- released in 1940 on Bluebird
5) Tennessee Blues- released in 1940 on Bluebird
6) Blue Yodel #7- released in 1941 on Bluebird
7) Orange Blossom Special- released in 1941 on Bluebird
8) Back Up & Push- released in 1941 on Bluebird
9) Rocky Road Blues- released in 1945 on Columbia
10) Kentucky Waltz- flip side of 'Rocky Road Blues'
11) True Life Blues- released in 1945 on Columbia
12) Footprints in the Snow- flip side of 'True Life Blues'
13) Blue Yodel #4- released in 1946 on Columbia
14) Blue Moon of Kentucky- released in 1945 on Columbia
15) Bluegrass Special- released in 1945 on Columbia
16) Come Back to Me in My Dreams - unknown, most likely on Columbia
17) Nobody Loves Me - unknown, most likely on Columbia
18) Why Did You Wander - unknown, most likely on Columbia
19) Will You Be Loving Another Man -'The Grand Ole Opry Transcriptions 1946-48'
20) Sunny Side of the Mountain -'The Grand Ole Opry Transcriptions 1946-48'
21) Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms -'The Grand Ole Opry Transcriptions 1946-48
So here's the first part in a series of collections of Bill Monroe's music, in some kind of chronological order, so in part 1 we start with his first releases apart from his brother Charlie and with his new band the Bluegrass Boys in 1940 and stay in the 40's for the remainder of the 58 minutes. Tracks #2 through #18 are beautiful transfers from the original mono 78's courtesy of archives.com - please donate to their cause. Tracks #19-21 are from 'The Grand Ole Opry Transcriptions 1946-48', transfers of original Opry broadcast acetates that can be found floating around reputable bit torrent sites but was given to me by my friend Durf on a hard disc. It's part of a larger thing called the Monroe Archives Project which is an invaluable resource for this project. I hope you enjoy part 1, it's purely for entertainment purposes and isn't always up to commercial sonic standards tho I do try. I'm not claiming to be a completest or even a historian, there's no way I can accurately list who was in the band for every track or even exactly when it was recorded (though there is a new book out now by Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe called The Music of Bill Monroe that tracks all of his recordings, that would make a lovely Christmas present for me this year...ahem) but this music gets inside and really does something and I am hopefully putting it in some sort of context so that you might connect as well. But that goes for all the shows here at Black Mountain Underground. Stay close for part 2, it's almost done and picks up where this one leaves off and travels up through 1960...see ya then!