BIRTHPLACE of BILL MONROE – Rosine, KY
Jerusalem Ridge is the birthplace of Bill Monroe. During his time living in a cabin on this land, Bill created Bluegrass music. His trials and hard work farming and logging helped shape Bill’s youth. Combine his work with his different sensory experiences with nature and that’s what gave him the inspiration to create Bluegrass music.
His parents had both passed by the time he was 16 and he was soon the only brother of eight to stay in Kentucky. During that time Bill did the majority of his musical formation and growth while living with Uncle Pen and his fiddle. Growing up around his great musical influence of an uncle, he soon began forming different bands and found himself playing for large audiences such as the Grand Ole Opry radio show!
After a long career of touring, Mr. Monroe formed his very own music festival in Indiana. Soon after that he began to win awards such as being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement award just to name a few of his achievements over the years. Bill eventually passed due to a stroke in 1996. He was finally laid to rest close to the place he was born.