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    R.I.P. to a true music legend and innovator.
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    R.I.P. to a true music legend and innovator.

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    RIP.

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    Yep, R.I.P. Earl.

    He could pick it.

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    He was a true legend.
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    RIP Earl. The best banjo picker of all time.

    Enjoy this if you've never seen it.

    Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Best - YouTube

    4 minutes of musical perfection.
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    That was incredible. Thanks for sharing.

    Steve Martin's not too bad himself..
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    Re: Earl Scruggs dead at 88

    The Ballad of Jed Clampett, and Pearl Pearl Pearl (also from The Beverly Hillbillies) are tunes that I will always have in my head.

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    The man could pick it.
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    Re: Earl Scruggs dead at 88

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    The Ballad of Jed Clampett, and Pearl Pearl Pearl (also from The Beverly Hillbillies) are tunes that I will always have in my head.

    "don't you marry Lester Flatt, he slicks his hair with possum fat"

    The man could pick it.
    That's the way I remember him. He and Flatt were on the Beverly Hillbilly shows and they did the opening theme song. Both were great at what they did.
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    Steve Martin might have missed his true calling. I can't get my toes to stop tapping.
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    Re: Earl Scruggs dead at 88

    Here's a nice piece Steve Martin wrote back in January for New Yorker:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...l-scruggs.html
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    Re: Earl Scruggs dead at 88

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    RIP Earl. The best banjo picker of all time.

    Enjoy this if you've never seen it.

    Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Best - YouTube

    4 minutes of musical perfection.
    Anyone able to identify the other musicians playing? I gathered some from Letterman's comments: Marty Stuart on mandolin (Googled "Marty" "Mandolin"), Vince Gill the first electric guitar solo, Albert Lee (who I recognized from the Concert for George concert - easy enough to Google). Of course, Paul Shaffer on the piano.

    I saw the Earl Scruggs Revue at a show at UC in their old fieldhouse. On the same bill were Pure Prairie League and also Emilylou Harris.

    Folks are always surprised by how good Steve Martin is. Clearly he admired Scruggs.

    I first became aware of bluegrass music through the collaboration put together by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Earl Scruggs. It really was a chance to bring together a great number of classic bluegrass performers. The first 3 record set of The Circle Be Unbroken is just a fine, fine album (as we'd say back then).
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Anyone able to identify the other musicians playing? I gathered some from Letterman's comments: Marty Stuart on mandolin (Googled "Marty" "Mandolin"), Vince Gill the first electric guitar solo, Albert Lee (who I recognized from the Concert for George concert - easy enough to Google). Of course, Paul Shaffer on the piano.

    I saw the Earl Scruggs Revue at a show at UC in their old fieldhouse. On the same bill were Pure Prairie League and also Emilylou Harris.

    Folks are always surprised by how good Steve Martin is. Clearly he admired Scruggs.

    I first became aware of bluegrass music through the collaboration put together by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Earl Scruggs. It really was a chance to bring together a great number of classic bluegrass performers. The first 3 record set of The Circle Be Unbroken is just a fine, fine album (as we'd say back then).
    Marty Stuart joined Lester Flatt's group, "The Nashville Grass", when he was about age 12. "The Nashville Grass" is the group Flatt formed in the early 1970s after he and Earl Scruggs broke up. Stuart, like everone else in that wonderful video, is a terrific musician...but there was only one Earl Scruggs.
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    Re: Earl Scruggs dead at 88

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Anyone able to identify the other musicians playing? I gathered some from Letterman's comments: Marty Stuart on mandolin (Googled "Marty" "Mandolin"), Vince Gill the first electric guitar solo, Albert Lee (who I recognized from the Concert for George concert - easy enough to Google). Of course, Paul Shaffer on the piano.

    I saw the Earl Scruggs Revue at a show at UC in their old fieldhouse. On the same bill were Pure Prairie League and also Emilylou Harris.

    Folks are always surprised by how good Steve Martin is. Clearly he admired Scruggs.

    I first became aware of bluegrass music through the collaboration put together by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Earl Scruggs. It really was a chance to bring together a great number of classic bluegrass performers. The first 3 record set of The Circle Be Unbroken is just a fine, fine album (as we'd say back then).
    That's Jerry Douglas on dobro. He's generally considered the "Earl Scruggs" of that instrument. He used to do a lot of stuff with Sam Bush and New Grass Revival.

    I was also told that a couple of the other musicians were Earl's sons, but that I'm not sure of.
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