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Welcome from the GOBMS Chairman!
Thank you very much for your interest in the Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music
Society (GOBMS). GOBMS was started in 1978 by local bluegrass musicians and fans
and exists for the purpose of continuing the tradition of bluegrass music in
Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States. Take a few moments to read a
little about the life of Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass music) below.
We are proud to bring you the best local and regional bluegrass artists to
this area, giving them a venue to share their love for the music and
traditions and to give you an opportunity to see and hear their talent. We
strive to have a family oriented program and look forward to seeing you at
our shows. Keep this page bookmarked and we'll keep you up to date on all the
activities around the area.
Nathan Sanders, Chairman
celebrates bringing you bluegrass music to the Central Oklahoma area since
The father of Bluegrass music
William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911, on a farm in
Jerusalem Ridge, just outside Rosine, Kentucky.
His mother played accordion, fiddle, and harmonica, while his siblings played
guitar and fiddle. After his father died when Bill was 16, he moved in with
his uncle Pendleton Vandiver (later immortalized in
the classic song "Uncle Pen"), who taught Bill to play guitar,
mandolin, and fiddle. Perhaps because no one else in the family played it,
Bill concentrated on mastering the mandolin. Bill joined with his brothers
Charlie, who played guitar, and Birch, who played fiddle, to play on radio
broadcasts. By 1930, the Monroe brothers had
found success with "Kentucky
Waltz," "Footprints in the Snow," and "Blue Grass
Ramble." In the 1940s, Bill formed a new group called "Bill Monroe
and the Bluegrass Boys" (the bluegrass came from his home state of Kentucky). That
started a new musical genre that has spread worldwide.