18 May 2012

More tributes to Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs, Clem O'Brien, Josh Graves; Kentucky, 1997

Tim Carter, well known in Ireland for his appearances with his brother Danny and their Carter Brothers Band (USA), has composed a moving tribute to the late Father of Bluegrass Banjo with 'A waltz for Earl' - not just a beautiful composition in itself, but accompanied by a four-and-a-half-minute video compiled from evocative photos of Earl from childhood to his last years. You can hear it and see the video on Bluegrass Today.

Also on Bluegrass Today: details of a tribute album with twelve Scruggs classics played by a constellation of superb banjoists, due for release by Rounder on 5 June. As a foretaste, you can hear Ron Block's version of 'Foggy Mountain Special'.

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