Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Earl Scruggs, 1924-2012

"Rather than speak out about the connections between folk and country in the war-torn, politically contentious ‘60s, he simply showed up at folk festivals and played, at least when he and Flatt weren’t at the Grand Ole Opry. During the long-hair/ short-hair skirmishes of the ‘60s and ‘70s, he simply showed up and played, with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and The Byrds. And when staunch fans of bluegrass – a genre that would not exist in a recognizable form without Mr. Scruggs’ banjo – railed against stylistic experimentation, Mr. Scruggs happily jammed away with sax player King Curtis, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, piano man Elton John and anyone else whose music he fancied. 'He was the man who melted walls, and he did it without saying three words,' said his friend and acolyte, Marty Stuart in 2000."
—The astounding Earl Scruggs has died at the age of 88.

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itiresias (#230,907)

I saw him play at the Newport Folk Festival last summer. He had a full band made up mostly of family members, he needed a lot of help walking on and off the stage, he sat for the performance on a chair and barely seemed conscious. And he was AMAZING, I was so impressed by the music that was coming out of this man and the courage he had to be doing it in front of so many people in his state.

Annie K. (#3,563)

I WANT that fiddle player. Also I just realized that the Foggy Mountain Boys must have been the reference for the Soggy Bottom Boys in Brother Where Art Thou.

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shostakobitch (#1,692)

Earl played on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, too. This song is easily one of my favorites of all time:

Sad that many will just remember him just for the Beverly Hillbilly's theme.

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