Neil Rosenberg

(banjo - 9/24/1961, 10/22/1961, 1963, 9/12/1965, 6/1967)
Brown County Jamboree, 1963. Photo by Jim Peva. Click for full version.

Born: 3/21/1939

As a Blue Grass Boy: While a student at the University of Indiana, Neil Rosenberg played in the house band at Bean Blossom for several years starting in 1961; in 1963 he also managed the park. During this time, he filled in on several occasions as a Blue Grass Boy.

Before and After: Neil Rosenberg continues to play bluegrass today; since 1973 he has played with the band Crooked Stovepipe. He is better known in the bluegrass world, however, as the author of the definitive book Bluegrass: A History. His writings also include the 1975 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys: An Illustrated Discography (now out of print) and Bluegrass Odyssey, a collaboration with photographer Carl Fleischhauer. He created the "30 Years Ago This Month" column for Bluegrass Unlimited and wrote it for 13 years before turning it over to Tom Ewing in 1994.

Honors: IBMA Hall of Fame (2014)

Further Reading: Bluegrass: A History is available from and other retailers.

Links: Crooked Stovepipe, Neil Rosenberg's current band