As a Blue Grass Boy: Butch Robins first joined Bill Monroe's band shortly after graduating high school in 1967. Homesick and disillusioned by working conditions, he stayed only a few weeks. In 1977 he returned for a second stint, beginning with the Monroe Homecoming festival in Rosine over the Labor Day weekend. This time he remained almost four years, recording on the "Together Again" and "Master of Bluegrass" albums.

Recording Sessions: 1/24/1978, 1/30/1978, 2/8/1978, 2/3/1981

Before and After: Robins returned to professional music in the early 70s, playing with Charlie Moore. He joined New Grass Revival for about a year, playing bass, then returned to the banjo with Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper. After leaving the Blue Grass Boys in 1981, he formed the Blue Grass Band. He has recorded several solo albums, including "Grounded Centered Focused" which features some of Monroe's last studio recordings.

Further Reading: Butch's autobiography, What I Know 'Bout What I Know, can be ordered from his website or from


Links: Butch Robins' official site



Butch Robins is a fantastic banjo player who worked with Bill Monroe, and was a founding member of the Newgrass Revival and the Bluegrass Band (now known as the Nashville Bluegrass Band). Butch has a new book out called What I Know 'Bout What I Know, featuring many anecdotes and lessons learned from his relationship with the Father of Bluegrass. He was featured speaker at the 2004 SPBGMA/BNL workshop in Nashville where he demonstrated that he is an amazingly engaging and motivating speaker as well as a gifted banjo player with dozens of entertaining and informative stories about experiences with Nashville and the bluegrass scene. Butch was featured in Banjo Newsletter, October-November 2003.

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Butch with his 1934 RB-4 & his Dogwood strap (of course)

What other strap would you expect one of the all time greats to use?

Butch accompanying Jed on his whiskey jug

.. . . and with his own smaller "jug" of Tennessee Tuner Juice

Tooled leather covered stainless steel flask by Dogwood Designs

Butch's two pre war Gibsons with Dogwood straps

Butch "tearing it up" on a 1928 Granada

The guy behind him is a pretty fair picker too!

Note a couple of Sam Farris' Tranjos in the background


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