March 6, 1922 – January 28, 2005 Remembering Carl Sauceman

Remembering Carl Sauceman (March 6, 1922 – January 28, 2005) Bluegrass enthusiasts of a certain preference and/or of a certain age will be familiar with the name Monroe Fields. He worked with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse and, as here, with Carl Sauceman and his band the Green Valley Boys, with whom he played from 1953 until the early 1960s, approximately ten years in all. He played mandolin primarily – the bass was an alternative instrument –and he possessed a keen high tenor voice. In due course he became a successful song-writer, with a few cuts by country music star George Jones.
The Green Valley Boys were based in Carrolton, Alabama, for about a decade and they appeared regularly on Radio WRAG, using their studios to make records as well.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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