In this video the story is told of the day Aric Leavitt hung out with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, at his Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. On that day, young Aric became one of the first people to hear the famous song “Jerusalem Ridge”, which Bill had written only three days earlier. Bill later recorded it in 1975. It is one of his most memorable.
The Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana is the biggest in the world. It takes place every year in Bill Monroe Park. When Aric attended in 1972, 100 people lived there. Today there are almost 3000 souls dwelling therein.
What the video is about
In 1967, Bill Monroe held the first Bluegrass Festival on his Indiana Property in the town of Bean Blossom. In 1972 Aric attended the festival. Bill recognized him and invited him into the barn. There Bill shared the music he loved, one on one. It remains a day that is one of the highlights of Aric’s life.
Bill Monroe; A personal story. Bluegrass Legends, Licks and Lore with Aric Leavitt
How Aric got a chance to preview a new song by Bill Monroe as they hung out at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. The song was later recorded and became one of Bill Monroe’s biggest hits. See more about street entertainment on Street I Am http://streetiam.com Recorded […]
Here is a recording of Bill Monroe playing “Jerusalem Ridge” the song Aric previewed at the 1972 Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom Indiana.
Couldn’t find a recording on YouTube of Bill Monroe playing “Tan Yard”. We did find a version of him playing the other song Aric mentioned called “Arkansas Traveler”.
If you want to know how it came to be that the Bluegrass Festival that bears Bill Monroe’s name is held in Beanblossom, Indiana here is a bit of the history from the festival site itself.
History: It was in October of 1951, while performing on the road, that Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe traveled to a small town in Indiana called Bean Blossom to perform at the Brown County Jamboree. He fell in love with the area immediately and in December of 1951 decided to purchase the property making it his home away from home.
In June, 1967, at the insistence of promoter Carlton Haney, Bill Monroe held his first two-day bluegrass festival, which he called a Blue Grass Celebration, at Bean Blossom.