Bill Monroe’s Name & Likeness, Uncle Pen’s Cabin, and more being offered

Fans of the “Father of Bluegrass Music” have a unique opportunity to
own the rights to the name and likeness to Bill Monroe. Regarded as the
man who started the format, Monroe joined the WSM Grand Ole Opry in
1939, and was a member for almost six decades – until his passing in
September 1996. One of the few members of both the Country Music Hall of
Fame and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Monroe’s musical legacy
included legendary stints on Columbia Records and MCA / Decca, with whom
he was associated for forty years. Monroe cast a shadow over music by
influencing a wide variety of musical artists.

“I’d still rather listen to Bill and Charlie Monroe than any current
record. That’s what America is all about, to me.” / Bob Dylan

“In all of history, he’s the biggest single influence in Country
Music. And, he didn’t just influence Country Music, he influenced music
in general.” / Ricky Skaggs

Offering the name, image, and likeness of such an American icon is
something that is both an honor and a privilege. “While at Buddy Lee
Attractions, I was the agent for Bill Monroe for over ten years. I
thought of Mr. Monroe as a national treasure. He was like a grandfather
to me. We were good friends,” says Tony Conway. The ownership also
includes rights to the name “Blue Grass Boys,” which was the name of
Bill’s band – a who’s who of greats that over the years has included
Flatt & Scruggs, Gordon Terry, Mac Wiseman, Del McCoury, and
Stringbean (David Akeman).

In addition to the name and likeness offering – also available are the rights to the
website, fans can also own several exciting parts of the Bill Monroe
legacy – beginning with the historic Uncle Pen’s Cabin in his hometown
of Rosine, Kentucky. A home that has special significance in the history
of Bluegrass Music, it’s where young Bill went to live with his Uncle
after the passing of both parents in 1927. As the only child among his
siblings who went to live with Pendleton Vandiver, Monroe received an
education about the music of the area from his Uncle through the
historic fiddle tunes he would learn – a musical legend that he would
eventually take to stages around the world. Bill left the home in 1929,
but the music he was exposed to would take hold. Monroe crafted the
iconic “Uncle Pen” as a tribute. Over the years, the song was covered by
artists such as Hank Williams, Jr., Buck Owens, and Ricky Skaggs – who
made it the first Bluegrass song to top the charts in over two decades
in 1984. The song received a BMI Award for over one million plays. The
home has been in the Monroe family since Bill’s son James bought it in
1973, building the cabin with the original logs. Over the years, many of
Bill’s contemporaries have visited the site, including Don Reno, Jimmy
Martin, and Lester Flatt, and thousands of Bill’s fans from around the

Also being offered in one separate bundle is Bill Monroe memorabilia
and personal items, the likes of which has never been available – and
will never be available to the public again. Included among the items
are over 1,800 personal and business checks – including some written to
Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and Johnny Paycheck; two knives and three
wrist watches owned by Monroe, his back brace, social security card, ATM
Card and Gas Cards, Christmas Cards, thousands of his personal papers
and collectibles, suits, coats, shoes, ties, and even his Last Will and
Testament. The collection also includes his own personal record
collection, and one of his fiddles – which he kept for sixty-seven years
(and has his initials inscribed inside of it!) and an extensive
merchandise collection that includes T-Shirts and CD’s of Bill’s, son
James’s, caps, 8 by 10 pictures, commemorative plates – and even his own
mailing list, with over 10,000 addresses!

But, there’s even more. There are well over 250 live recordings from
Bill’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival that will be offered in one
exclusive package. Monroe started the festival in 1967, and it thrives
to this day – fifty years after its’ inception. Over the years,
performers who have played Bean Blossom include Blue Highway, Chris
Hillman, J.D. Crowe & The New South, John Hartford, Patty Loveless,
and Rhonda Vincent.

And, then….there’s parts of the famous Gibson 1923 Lloyd Loar that is
on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame. An extra set of tuning
keys and a bridge that was replaced. These items from the most famous
mandolin in the world are priceless!

It goes without saying that this is going to be a private opportunity
of historic proportions, and there will be interest from buyers around
the world. Interested parties should contact Tony Conway, Conway
Entertainment Group, the exclusive agent for the Bill Monroe Estate, at
615-724-1818 for more information.

Tony Conway
The Bill Monroe Estate
c/o Conway Entertainment Group
1516 Broadway #500
Nashville, TN 37203

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