In praise of Earl Scruggs R.I.P.

Earl Scruggs. “Who he?” comes the shouted communual response from the Liberal Burblings reader, as well as “Ed”.

Well, he was quite a man. A misucian, but particularly a banjo player. – Ask Billy Connolly, banjo player extraordinaire.

I was once forced to present a Country Music show or four on Radio 210 in Reading. I struggled. Country Music just isn’t me – even though I do understand the crossplay between it and rock/pop music. But Earl Scruggs was an oasis. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” can be enjoyed by most people. A sheer piece of beauty.

Here he is with it – Foggy Mountain Breakdown – at the Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival in 1971.

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