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Monroe Crossing

Monroe CrossingMonroe Crossing is a five-piece bluegrass ensemble performing traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass and gospel songs and instrumentals. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, "the Father of Bluegrass," Monroe Crossing performs many songs written or made famous by the first generation masters of bluegrass, such as Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers. Bluegrass music is as rooted in our American heritage as is jazz or blues, so much so that people who have never previously heard bluegrass music still relate to it like an old friend. Their performances consistently create a bond with folks they've never met, and often with folks who have never seen a bluegrass band. It isn't so much that bluegrass relates to community; it is that communities relate to bluegrass.

Collectively, Monroe Crossing's players have been playing bluegrass for decades, and the group has played as a unit for about four years. Monroe Crossing primarily views itself as a traditional bluegrass & gospel band following in the footsteps of the first generation masters of bluegrass. However, bluegrass is a living tradition, and Monroe Crossing's approach incorporates other musical styles as well.

Recognized as a top Bluegrass & old-time country act, Monroe Crossing has assembled a powerhouse lineup of stellar musicians who are turning heads nationally. In 2000, every member of Monroe Crossing was nominated for Bluegrass and/or Related Music Instrumentalist of the Year on their respective instruments by The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association, with Matt Thompson, Art Blackburn and Benji Flaming winning the mandolin, guitar and banjo awards. And Lisa Fuglie won the award for Female Vocalist of the Year in the Related Music category. In 2003, Monroe Crossing was the winner of the Minnesota Music Academy's "Bluegrass/Old-Time Recording".

Across the Blue Mountains
Monroe Crossing - Across the Blue Mountains Monroe Crossing's critically acclaimed debut CD with Matt Thompson, Art Blackburn, Lisa Fuglie, Mark Anderson and Benji Flaming on banjo and bass vocals.
CD Price: $14.97
Then Sings My Soul
Monroe Crossing - Then 
            Sings My Soul A collection of Gospel music including original songs from members of Monroe Crossing and featuring "Wings of an Angel" by Becky Buller.
CD Price: $14.97
the Green Mossy Ground
Monroe Crossing - the 
            Green Mossy Ground Monroe Crossing's third album in as many years, it contains the kind of musical diversity that folks have come to appreciate and expect from their performances: traditional bluegrass with drive, love songs, death songs, cheatin' songs, instrumentals, gospel tunes, a Bill Monroe number, and four originals.
CD Price: $14.97
On the Road
Monroe Crossing - On the Road A few classics, a few requests and a version of "Friendship's Road" with the Heritage Singers. These fifteen songs were recorded live at shows in the end of 2003 and the spring of 2004 as a snapshot of Monroe Crossing on the road. With Art, Lisa, Mark, Matt and Graham Sones on banjo.
CD Price: $14.97
Somebody Like You
Monroe Crossing - Somebody Like You A collection of songs about love, loss and longing from a wide range of sources; Bill Monroe, Etta James and the Temptations to name a few. With Art, Matt, Lisa, Mark and Jeff Whitson on banjo.
CD Price: $14.97
The Happy Holidays
Monroe Crossing - The Happy Holidays Fifteen holiday tunes done bluegrass style. Includes two new songs; "The Happy Holidays" and "Heed His Fathers Call". With Art, Matt, Lisa, Mark and Jeff Whitson on banjo.
CD Price: $14.97
Into The Fire
Monroe Crossing - Into The Fire Monroe Crossing's second Gospel disc. 15 songs featuring: "Into The Fire (Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego)", "He Did Rise", and "Get Thee Behind Me." With Art, Lisa, Mark, Matt and Jason Ericsson on banjo.
CD Price: $14.97
Live From Silver Dollar City
Monroe Crossing - Live From Silver Dollar City Recorded in May and June 2007 during performances by the band at the Riverfront Playhouse in Silver Dollar City, a popular tourist attraction just outside Branson, MO. All the tracks were songs the audience requested during four days of performances at the theater.
CD Price: $14.97
Heartache and Stone
Monroe Crossing - Heartache and Stone Represents Monroe Crossing in their ninth year together and at the height of their powers. Boasting five new songs by Lisa Fuglie, two Art Blackburn tunes and an unreleased Becky Buller murder ballad, this record is packed with daringly original songs and a great traditional feel. As an added bonus, Prince goes Bluegrass with our fan favorite version of Purple Rain! With Art, Lisa, Mark, Matt and Benji.
CD Price: $14.97
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