One of my music heros was found dead yesterday. Natural causes, which is expected for an 88 year old man. I'm sure most of you know the name, some probably recognize a few of the songs, and maybe a few know some of the songs that weren't tv show themes or featured in movies.
The man of course is legendary bluegrass musician and banjo player, Earl Scruggs.
Earl along with Lester Flatt formed the most recognizeable group in the history of bluegrass. The duo recorded countless classics together. Lester on the flattop, Earl on the banjo, both doing vocals, and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the background.
They first played in the Grand Ole Opry in 1945, they were there before Hank Williams Sr.
They are the reason I became a huge bluegrass fan.
Earl died yesterday, Lester died in 1979, you can't do a tribute for one without including the other.
Here's to the greatest bluegrass group of all time, the greatest banjo player of all time, and one of the best bluegrass guitar players of all time.
Hope you enjoy the music, if not, hope you can at least appreciate what they've done.
Here are 7 of my favorites.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
One of the most famous bluegrass instrumentals of all time. This was a big hit for the boys back in the day.
In this video you can see a then 7 year old Ricky Skaggs performing the lead vocals with Lester, Earl and the boys playing in the back ground. I first saw this song performed by Popcorn Sutton's cousin, Rufus in Maggie Valley, NC as a kid. I found out as a teen that Flatts and Scruggs made the original.
Roll in my Sweet baby's Arms
Probably my favorite bluegrass song of all time. Probably because my grandpa played it all the time in his truck when I would ride around with him as a kid.
Cabin on the Hill
A very peaceful song reminicing(spell) about his childhood home.
Salty Dog Blues
You probably heard Andy Griffith sing the song with the Darlins on the Andy Griffith Show. The original is much better.
My second favorite instrumental of all time(second only to the Orange Blossum Special). Everything flows so smooth and it sounds great.
I debated on using this one or the Ballad of Jed Clampett, but I figured not as many people have heard Petticoat Junction's theme song. Plus I think this a better song.
Hope you enjoy. Rest in peace Earl Scruggs. May you and Lester make Heaven just a little bit better with your music. You guys are the reason why bluegrass has a fan base. If it weren't for you, nobody outside of Appalachia would listen to bluegrass.