Butch Robins presents- Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form.
In this 5 part video series, Butch Robins explains the fascinating history of Blue Grass music. He uses both recorded and live music to set and illustrate the timeline, relates real life anecdotes of the musicians involved and tells personal stories of his life and relationship with Bill Monroe. Having had a working and friendly relationship with Monroe and many of the other musicians in this story, his insight and knowledge come together to form a unique perspective of this part of history.
An Introduction to Butch Robins – Butch summarizes his life for us and sets the scene for the talk he is about to give.
In Part 1 of the series, Butch tells about the state and style of music and music venues, the early life of Bill Monroe, the Monroe Brothers and the musical life of Bill Monroe up to the magical year of 1945.
In Part 2, Butch covers 1945-1959 and tells stories he heard from Monroe about the Blue Grass supergroup that changed the musical landscape forever and the years that followed.
Part 3 covers the years 1959- 1977 and some of the ups and downs Monroe went through in this period. Butch talks about Bill Keith and how his style of playing changed banjo playing again forever (and gives us a live demonstration of that!). We hear about Butch’s experiences touring and traveling with Monroe in the 1960s and more about who Butch was playing with in these years.
Part 4 covers 1977- 21st Century and in it, among other things, Butch explains timing in and does it in a way that is quite unique and memorable! He also speaks frankly about leaving Bill Monroe’s band, his personal mental health issues, fronting his own band, his apology to Bill Monroe, the rekindling of their relationship and his experiences bringing Monroe into the recording studio to work on the Butch Robins “Grounded, Centered, Focused” recording.
Extras!– Butch talks about how the music spread to other countries and discusses playing in musical jam sessions.