rootsnbluesfestival:

RIP Earl Scruggs (1924 - 2012)

Here’s to a legend.

rootsnbluesfestival:

RIP Earl Scruggs (1924 - 2012)

Here’s to a legend.

Unmistakable. That’s Earl Scruggs. The five-string banjo could not have had a better genius.

Scruggs was the man who made it cool to sound like that.
Our obit of banjo player Earl Scruggs, dead, this week, at 88. (via newsweek)

countryandwestern:

Earl Scruggs Revue - Country Comfort

He wasn’t afraid to try new things as times changed. Listen to pop singers of the time - Frank Sinatra doing Both Sides Now, Bing Crosby singing Hey Jude - it sounds silly. Earl brought authenticity to the music without making it hokey. 

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ccballard:

Country Comfort - Earl Scruggs and Elton John

newyorker:

The Master from Flint Hill: Earl Scruggs

Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried. In 1945, when he first stood on the stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and played banjo the way no one had ever heard before, the audience responded with shouts, whoops, and ovations. He performed tunes he wrote as well as songs they knew, with clarity and speed like no one could imagine, except him. When the singer came to the end of a phrase, he filled the theatre with sparkling runs of notes that became a signature for all bluegrass music since. He wore a suit and Stetson hat, and when he played he smiled at the audience like what he was doing was effortless. There aren’t many earthquakes in Tennessee, but that night there was.

- For our Culture Desk blog, Steve Martin writes about banjo legend Earl Scruggs: http://nyr.kr/yyCvax. Click play to listen to Flatt and Scruggs’s famous Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

Friends & family.

americanroutes:

From today’s Featured Archive Spotlight: a conversation with legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs.

americanroutes:

From today’s Featured Archive Spotlight: a conversation with legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs.

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adandazitt:

Earl Scruggs - Fireball Mail

thegrammywinners:

Flatt & Scruggs, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

1969: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group (Vocal or Instrumental).

Earl Scruggs, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum residency.

Earl Scruggs, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum residency.