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Grammy, CMA winner Randy Scruggs dies at 64

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Grammy and CMA award winner Randy Scruggs died Tuesday after a short illness at 64.

Scruggs was the middle son of Earl Scruggs and Louise Scruggs, who was her husband's business manager.

Randy Scruggs had his first recording at the age of 13.

In 1970 he released "All the Way Home" with older brother Gary. Along with their father, they formed the progressive country-rock band the Earl Scruggs Revue. Scruggs recorded his debut solo LP, "Crown of Jewels," in 1998. Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, John Prine, Joan Osborne, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Delbert McClinton and Earl Scruggs all contributed to the effort.

Scruggs was named CMA Musician of the Year in 1999, 2003 and 2006. As a producer he oversaw recordings by Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Toby Keith and Alison Krauss.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken II" was recorded at the Scruggs Sound facility in Nashville in 1989, earning him a CMA award, for Album of the Year.

Scruggs won Grammys in 1990: Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Amazing Grace"; in 1999 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Soldier's Joy" (with Vince Gill); in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Gary Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Vince Gill, Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart, Albert Lee, Steve Martin, Leon Russell and Paul Shaffer) and 2005 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Earl's Breakdown" (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Jerry Douglas).

As a songwriter, among the songs Scruggs wrote were "We Danced Anyway" for Deana Carter, "Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)," Chance of Lovin' You," "Don't Make It Easy for Me" and "Angel in Disguise" (Earl Thomas Conley) and "Love Has No Right" (Billy Royal).

CD reviews for Randy Scruggs

Crown of Jewels
It is difficult to tell whether the title of Randy Scruggs' first solo disc bears more witness to the classy collection of artists helping him or the way each song rises up to become its own valuable entity. Either way, Scruggs has fashioned a disc of quality and staying power that flies in the face of what is currently popular on mainstream country radio. Son of banjo-picking legend Earl Scruggs, he obviously inherited more than merely an ability to play most anything with strings. »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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