Neil Rosenberg is the writer of four songs and tunes published through SOCAN:

  • “Queenstown”
  • “Penniless (But Not Baroque)”
  • “Farewell Cindy”
  • “Laughin’ And Scratchin’”

Early Influences

  • Pete Seeger
  • L. Mayne Smith
  • Billy Faier
  • New Lost City Ramblers
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ralph Stanley
  • Eddie Adcock

From the Archives

“I’d realized when playing with Bill [Monroe] that I didn’t know the repertoire, so I got into discography as a way of figuring out who did what when.”
Quoted by Boris Weintraub in “Neil V. Rosenberg: The Scholar Who Played With Bill Monroe,” Bluegrass Unlimited, April 2008.
“Since 1969 I’ve written album notes for about forty LPs or CDs, and this kind of writing that links sound to print is my favorite medium. I’m particularly proud of having won a Grammy for my contribution to Smithsonian/Folkways’ reissue of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.”
Quoted in “George Lyon talks to Neil Rosenberg,” The Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, May 2001.
“Perhaps it’s only a question of historical detail, but my personal feeling is that the person or persons who started calling their favorite hillbilly music ‘bluegrass’ really gave the musical style a life of its own because they gave it a name.”
Neil Rosenberg, “Into Bluegrass: The History of a Word,” Muleskinner News, August 1974.