Pike County Breakdown

Song composer(s)

Monroe, Bill / Jones, Rupert

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Single : Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (1952)
Single : Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys (1952)
Green Valley Boys (1953)
Pickin' And Singin' : Barrier Brothers (1977)
Bluegrass 1950-1958 : Bill Monroe (1990)
Bluegrass 1959-1969 : Bill Monroe (1991)
Complete Mercury Sessions : Flatt & Scruggs (1992)
Live : Ralph Stanley (1992)
1949-1959 : Flatt & Scruggs (1992)
Don't Mean Maybe : John Hickman (1994)
Music Of Bill Monroe (1994)
Bluegrass '95 : Various Artists (1995)
Out of the Frying Pan : John Sholle (1997)
Stanley Series, Vol 3 #4 : Stanley Brothers (19??)
Kentucky Mountain Boys (19??)
Fred McFalls & the Carolina Mountain Boys (19??)
J. C. Young (19??)

Performance History

An instrumental played by the Wildwood Boys at the Tangent in Palo Alto on February 23rd 1963.

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.


Authorship uncertain. On-line HFA & BMI sites and some LP/CDs credit Rupert Jones as writer. Other LP/CDs credit Bill Monroe.

In Bluegrass 1950-1955 Bill Monroe by Charles K Wolff & Neil V Rosenberg, Bill Monroe is quoted as saying "I wanted to write something and title it after something up in the eastern part of Kentucky. You remember Sweet Betsy From The Pike. I listened to that and wrote the Pike County Breakdown.