Bill Monroe By Douglas B. Green Where the s was unquestionably country music's most explosive, creative decade, the s was for the most part a decade of refinement and consolidation. One band, however, maintained that creative head of steam, and excited vast audiences with their fiery, passionate music. They had two fine solo singers, a rafter-reaching yodeler, three of the top instrumentalists in country music, consistently great vocals, powerful songs, excellent comedy
Bluegrass musician Chubby Wise playing his fiddle in Florida
Chubby Wise Bio
Considered the original bluegrass fiddler by bluegrass aficionados, he left a Gainesville country band in to join mandolinist Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys in Nashville. Soon that band would include Flatt on guitar and Scruggs on banjo. For a brief golden period in the mid-'40s, through concerts and recordings still in print, they introduced the world to what would become known as bluegrass - the high, lonesome sound. His role in early bluegrass guaranteed Chubby a place in American music history. He's in all the bluegrass books. Bluegrass songs have been written about him.