Butch Robins worked as the banjo player with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys for four years, beginning in 1977. The Fifth Child is his interpretive tribute to Monroe’s music. As Bill himself said about the banjo as an instrument, “It’s done wonderful for Bluegrass. It’s got its place.”
After working with J.D.Crowe & The New South, Skaggs & Rice recorded this album of acoustic masterpieces. Skaggs used a borrowed mandolin while Rice played his own Martin guitar to record some of the best bluegrass ever recorded.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Munde learned banjo from one of Oklahoma's best pickers, Ed Shelton, and did a lot of non-professional playing around Oklahoma where he first met Byron Berline at the University of Oklahoma.
The Bluegrass Cardinals came together in Los Angeles in 1974 when banjoist Don Parmley and mandolinist Randy Graham teamed up with Parmley's 15-year-old son, David, to form what was to become a successful bluegrass trio who wielded considerable influence from the latter half of the '70s through the early '90s.