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Flatt & Scruggs TV show DVD coming

Monday, February 26, 2007 – The Flatt & Scruggs television show introduced bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs to millions of homes in the 1950s and 1960s. On March 27, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Shanachie Entertainment breathe new life into the show with the DVD release of the "Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Volume One and Volume Two." Each volume contains 2 30-minute episodes of the bluegrass TV program from 1961-62.

Until the late 1980s, it was believed that no copies of this series had survived. In 1989, however, advertising executive Bill Graham discovered and donated to the Museum 24 intact shows. Soon after, 12 more were acquired from another source.

The shows were innovative on several levels: Each show's mix of uptempo tunes, comedy bits, spotlight instrumentals and occasional guest performances was a template that subsequent country variety shows would follow, according to Tina Wright of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Martha White in-show advertising and accompanying cooking demonstrations were precursors to modern product placement.

The "Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry" show ran from 1955 until 1969, when the pair ended their partnership to take separate musical paths. "Those were good years," Scruggs said of the era captured on these programs. "Basically, we had a good time with each other...There's nothing like that on the air now, I don't reckon."

Volumes three and four are scheduled for release this fall, with additional installments to follow.

CD reviews for Flatt & Scruggs

Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 1 &2 DVD
Culled from shows first broadcast in 1961 and 1962, the kinescopes collected on these 2 DVDs may seem grainy, but Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their Foggy Mountain Boys at are showcased at their lively best. No production frills (the sets seem to be made out of painted cardboard), their regional TV show concentrated on great bluegrass music by the genre's best all-around band. The sound quality is surprisingly good as the band burns through spirited renditions of "Fireball »»»
Flatt & Scruggs at Carnegie Hall The Full Concert
The original Columbia release of the infamous Flatt & Scruggs concert had 13 cuts. Koch has now released the entire concert, including the wonderful emcee work of the late Lester Flatt, with 32 songs. The CD's excellent sound quality brings the music to life, serving as a time machine back to Dec. 8, 1962. Hear the rich clear voice of Flatt. Hear Earl's five-string banjo, the notes bouncing around the theatre like musical bullets. The band works its way through many standards like "Down the »»»
'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (Essential Series)
The only thing tougher than compiling an 85-minute retrospective of Flatt and Scruggs' Columbia recordings is writing a paragraph about it. This collection spans 1950-1967, from their first standard-setting sessions up to the closing years with Columbia. For sweetness of harmony, the thrill of Scruggs skill, and strong Flatt lyrics, the '50's recordings are the most satisfying, full of energy, ease, and sonic brightness. Though not the only band to do so, the Foggy Mountain Boys often tuned a »»»
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.... »»»
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