Lead: Tom Ewing
Tenor: Glen Duncan, Tom Ewing, Billy Rose
Baritone: Glen Duncan, Tom Ewing

Banjo- Billy Rose, Sandy Rothman, Blake Williams

Bass- Roy Huskey, Jr., Billy Rose, Clarence "Tater" Tate

Cello - John Catchings

Fiddle - Robert Bowlin, Glen Duncan, Blaine Sprouse

Rhythm Guitar - Tom Ewing

Lead Guitar- Tom Ewing. Billy Rose

Mandolin - Mike Compton, Jesse McReynolds

Percussion - Martin Parker


Tom Ewing
Adventures of a Blue Grass Boy



 Adventures of a Blue Grass Boy
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Come Back, Little Pal * Old Friend *
The Old Hometown * My Wish Come True *
Take Me Home * When the Bees are in the Hive *
Won't You Come Home to Me?  * O-hio *
A Distant Land to Roam * Black Jack Davy *
She Looked a Lot Like You * Willie Moore *
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over *
Lookin' Out a Window


Between 1986 and 1996, while I was one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, I had many great adventures. But few equaled the ones involved with the making of these recordings. Unfortunately, most were released on cassette tapes at a time when the CD was making cassettes obsolete, and I was unable to afford to convert them to the new technology. Now, thanks to Tom Mindte of Patuxent Music, I can share these adventures with you.


"Please Come Back, Little Pal" -- originally recorded in 1938 by Roy Hall and his Blue Ridge Entertainers, a popular pre-bluegrass North Carolina band.

"Old Friend" -- written after the unexpected deaths of singer/guitarist Sid Campbell, an early hero, and Bill Workman, a member of the Rambling Ramblers, my first band.

"The Old Hometown" -- Lester Flatt once said it was his favorite of all the great songs he wrote.

"My Wish Come True" -- I hummed it for over six months until fellow Blue Grass Boy
Billy Joe Foster suggested the theme of wishing on a star.

"Take Me Home" -- a song about Bill Monroe, written in 1987 when it seemed his days were numbered. Naturally, he bounced back.

"When the Bees Are in the Hive" -- learned from a 1962 recording by Bill Monroe, who sang the first stanza only. The second stanza heard here comes from the 1904 sheet music.

"Won't You Come Home to Me?" -- probably the result of an unconscious calypso influence, instilled by the Kingston Trio and songs like "Jamaica Farewell."

"O-hio" -- written in the middle of the night during my first drive home from Nashville to Columbus, Ohio, my hometown.

"A Distant Land to Roam" -- originally recorded by the Carter Family in 1929, I heard Carl Story sing it in the 1970s and had to learn it.

"Black Jack Davy" -- first heard on a live recording by Bill Monroe, I changed its melody to suit me.

"She Looked a Lot Like You" -- a true song (all this stuff really happened), it's the only song I've written that doesn't have a rhyme.

"Willie Moore" -- originally recorded in 1927 by Burnett and Rutherford, I learned it from a recording by the Old Reliable String Band.

"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" -- former Blue Grass Boy Billy Rose composed the melody and recorded it on my answering machine one night while I was on the road.

"Lookin' Out a Window" -- written one lonely day in Nashville, looking out a window and realizing I was looking north toward home.

Tom Ewing Rosine, Kentucky