On Jim & Jesse
's Tribute to Bill Monroe
, the brothers and their Virginia Boys
tackle the canon of their hero and peer. Mega-popular Monroe
tunes such as "Orange Blossom Special" crop up here alongside lesser knowns. Most of the tracks take a fairly true-to-the-original approach, and renderings of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "Footprints in the Snow" won't surprise any listeners familiar with the Monroe
versions (though, admittedly, the McReynolds brothers put more Opry polish on the proceedings and possess little of Monroe
's dark-holler intensity). A particular highlight here is Jim & Jesse
's nimble, speedy romp through "Uncle Pen."