06 January 2012

Happy birthday, Mr Scruggs

Today is the 88th birthday of Earl Eugene Scruggs, Father of Bluegrass Banjo. Bluegrass Today carries a post by John Lawless, father of the original Bluegrass Blog, on the anniversary and how it is being celebrated in California.

The new issue of Bluegrass Europe (#82, Jan.-Mar. 2012), which is now reaching subscribers, includes an article by banjo maestro, teacher, and communicator Peter Wernick, entitled 'Earl Scruggs' contribution acknowledged at Monroe Centennial celebration', which includes his statement delivered at the International Bluegrass Music Museum on 13 Sept. 2011. Like the rest of this issue of BE, this is very much worth reading.

And (just to remind us what all this is about) this YouTube video shows Lester, Earl, and the Foggy Mountain Boys having a good time on an Earl Scruggs composition, 'Ground speed'.

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