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Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South will take […]

Earl Scruggs Center to open in 2014

The City of Shelby, NC has given a lot to the rest of the US. A handful of NASCAR drivers, NFL and MLB players, a notorious bank robber and a sitting US Senator all hail from this town of just over 20,000 residents. The world […]

Hall of Fame Bluegrass! – Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins

Each year since 1991, new members have been added to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Since the inaugural class of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs, numerous other bluegrass and traditional music greats have been honored for their roles in shaping the […]

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Take Opry Bow

“There’ll be guitars and fiddles, Earl Scruggs and his banjo too Bill Monroe singin’ ‘em out them ol’ Kentucky Blues Ernest Tubb’s number Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right At the Grand Ole Opry ev’ry Saturday night” Grand Ole Opry Song, Jimmy Martin It’s an [...]

MOB rules at Telluride

The main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has felt the tapping toes of many a legend over the last 40 years. From late greats such as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson, to the talents of today who bring their experiences to the [...]

Milestones: Legends of the Watson Clan

For fans of traditional music, 2012 was a sad year, with bluegrass, folk, and other acoustic genres all losing notable figures. Several of these artists, such as Earl Scruggs, have recently been remembered with tribute albums and collections of their most influential work. Doc Watson’s [...]

Life without Earl

This tribute to Earl Scruggs on the anniversary of his passing is a contribution from Jim Mills, a life-long student of Scruggs-style banjo, and a serious collector of the sort of pre war Gibson banjos that Earl played. Jim also maintains a large collection of [...]

Young Uns #1 – Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin

We never cease to be enchanted by the youthful vigour of young musical talent.  Young Uns in bluegrass go back as far as Earl Scruggs pictured with his banjo-playing older brother Junie. Since then, there has been a young Sonny Osborne playing banjo with Bill [...]

Locks for Likes with Flamekeeper

The tales of road antics from bluegrass musicians are many, from J.D. Crowe putting toy cars in Phil Leadbetter’s dobro to Keith Whitley impersonating the late Lester Flatt over CB radio to Earl Scruggs’ tour bus. Similar situations often arise onstage, as the musicians interact [...]

On this day #8 – Ballad of Jed Clampett

On this day ….. On this day 50 years ago, January 19, 1963, the Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ recording of the Ballad of Jed Clampett topped the Billboard Hot Country singles charts. The song spent 20 weeks on the charts and was in the [...]

Watch A Montage Of Music Greats We Lost In 2012

Adam “MCA” Yauch. Levon Helm. Etta James. Earl Scruggs. Whitney Houston. Kitty Wells. We lost a lot of great musicians this year, so the New York Times put together a montage to pay tribute to those who died in 2012. The video’s great,...Show More Summary

Giving Thanks (Bluegrass Edition)

While we count our many blessings, I want to take a couple of minutes to note some of the things I’m thankful for in the bluegrass world. For starters, I’m grateful that folks like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs had the foresight to [...]

The Romney-Ryan Energy Plan and Jed Clampett

Take a listen to this Earl Scruggs tune as we read the Romney-Ryan Energy Plan. They are promising energy independence on a platform that is essentially “drill baby drill” with as they cite some claim from the Institute for Energy Research that we have 1.4 trillion barrels of technically recoverable oil, which they claim would satisfy U.S. Show More Summary

Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson – American Virtuosos

The legendary Doc Watson passed away on Tuesday, coming just months after the death of the legendary Earl Scruggs. Both men had such a huge influence on American music that it would be impossible to talk about the development of Folk or … Continue reading ?

Doc Watson, 1923-2012

 Another of the grand old men of country and bluegrass music has picked his last. Doc Watson has died, aged 89. Here he is with Earl Scruggs at Doc's place some years back.  And here he is more recently singing Amazing Grace:

Doug Dillard, R.I.P.

Bluegrass banjo player Doug Dillard passed away last night after a lengthy illness. He was 75.Dillard began playing banjo as a child and idolized Earl Scruggs (who passed away back in March). After Scruggs replied to a letter he wrote, Dillard convinced his parents to drive him to Scruggs home in Madison, Tennessee. Show More Summary

10 Essential Bluegrass Artists You Need to Know

If the recent passing of music legend Earl Scruggs left you wanting to know more about bluegrass, then you’re in for a treat. Anna Schwaber and Chris Cloyd, the filmmakers behind The Porchlight Sessions, an exciting new documentary that traces the evolution of the sound, have kindly offered to walk us through some of their [...]

News Appetizers Have Had a Long Week

This last week of March has been something. Here are your headlines, although you may want to go play with bunnies instead. Earl Scruggs, amazing banjo player and major contributer to American roots music, died at 88. As someone who has listened to a lot of bluegrass in her time, this news made me sad. [...]

'The Beverly Hillbillies' and other great storytelling TV themes

"The Beverly Hillbillies" theme song featured great banjo playing by Earl Scruggs. It also nicely set up the world of "The Beverly Hillbillies." But it isn't the only TV series to tell a tale in its opening moments.

ACM Awards 2012: Earl Scruggs tribute from Steve Martin, Rascal Flatts

Steve Martin and Rascal Flatts pay tribute to the late Earl Scruggs at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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