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GAC pays tribute to Scruggs

Thursday, March 29, 2012 – GAC pays tribute to Earl Scruggs this Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. Eastern, re-airing Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

Host Bill Cody shares his last interview with Scruggs as he chats about everything from meeting Lester Flatt, when he was 10 years old to developing his famous 'three finger roll.' The 2006 interview took place in front of the Banjo Man exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Scruggs died Wednesday at 88.

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The Ultimate Collection/Live at the Ryman CD review - The Ultimate Collection/Live at the Ryman
The late Lester Flatt used to say, "Play it, Earl," prior to a solo break when Flatt and Scruggs were performing together. Now well into his 80s, the iconic musician who took the 5-string banjo to new levels, can still 'play it' in a fashion that puts younger pickers to shame. On this 2007 live recording, Scruggs is joined by sons Randy (vocals, guitars) and Gary (vocals and bass), Hoot Hester on fiddle, Rob Ickes on Dobro, John Jorgenson on mando and guitars, Jon Randall on »»»
Earl Scruggs and Friends
Even in old age, magic yet arises from the masterful fingers of Earl Scruggs. As shown throughout the dozen tracks on Scruggs' first new album in 17 years, the king of the banjo polishes his crown with his still oh so familiar three-finger style. Befitting a man of such stature, a cadre of superstars hop aboard and assist the old man. From pop-rock legend Elton John ("Country Comfort"), actor Billy Bob Thornton ("Ring of Fire") and country's Dwight Yoakam ("Borrowed Love"), nary a hint of »»»
I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends CD review - I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends
In the aftermath of the famous split of Flatt & Scruggs in 1969, Flatt preferred to continue in the traditional vein, forming the Nashville Grass, which he led until his death in 1979. Scruggs, who is still performing in his eighties, had become fascinated by the emerging country-rock "crossover" exemplified by The Eagles, Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others, and plunged into it with his Earl Scruggs Revue, anchored by his sons Randy, Gary and Steve. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Combs, Gill, Harris, Crow comprise one final musical platter – Vince Gill played host to an entertaining guitar pull, a show which also featured his longtime friend, Emmylou Harris, slightly newer friend Sheryl Crow and brand-new friend Luke Combs. Gill joked from the outset that this All for the Hall fundraising show needed Combs to sell tickets, and by the audience's response, it was clear many came only to see Combs.... »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
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