Come Hither To Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass …

Come Hither To Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass With Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe is so foundational to bluegrass music that the entire genre took its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys. InCome Hither to Go Yonder, Bob Black recounts his years spent as a member of that seminal band. While other work on Bill Monroe has been written from a historical point of view,Come Hither to Go Yonderis told from the perspective of a musician who was actually there. Filled with observations made from the unique vantage point of a man who has traveled and performed extensively with the master, this book is Bob Black’s personal memoir about the profound influence that Monroe exerted on the musicians who have carried on the bluegrass tradition in the wake of his 1996 death. This volume also includes a complete listing of Bob Black’s appearances with Monroe, his most memorable experiences while they worked together, brief descriptions of the more important musicians and bands mentioned, and suggestions for further reading and listening. Offering a rare perspective on the creative forces that drove one of America’s greatest composers and musical innovators,Come Hither to Go Yonderwill deeply reward any fans of Bill Monroe, of bluegrass, or of American vernacular music. Bob Black played banjo as one of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He recorded with Monroe on theWeary Traveleralbum, and later played with Buck White and the Down Home Folks. He appears on a number of fiddle albums by Kenny Baker, and has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Frank Wakefield, John Hartford, the Whites, and other artists. He currently lives near Iowa City, where he performs in Perfect Strangers, the Banjoy Band, and other groups. He has published articles inBluegrass Unlimitedand in 2002 received the Iowa Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Award. Neil Rosenberg studies contemporary vernacular music traditions, including the music and lives of bluegrass, country and folk musicians in Canada and the United States. He is the author ofBluegrass: A History. A volume in the series Music in American Life