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Earl Scruggs remembered on "Bluegrass Signal"

Mar 28, 2012

On Saturday (3/31) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Bluegrass Signal producer Peter Thompson hosts Bay Area banjo players Larry Cohea, Bill Evans, Avram Siegel, and Ryan Breen to honor and reflect on the contributions of Earl Scruggs, who died on Wednesday.  As a member of Bill Monroe's "classic" Blue Grass Boys, co-leader with Lester Flatt of the music's most influential band, the Foggy Mt. Boys, and fearless explorer of the progressive sides of bluegrass with his family band, Earl Scruggs changed the way people played and regarded the banjo.  His "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," featured in the film Bonnie & Clyde, and his music for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show brought his music to the attention of millions, but banjo players have always known what Sammy Shelor once said: "Without Earl Scruggs, none of us would be here." And many bluegrass fans share the reflections of John Hartford: "The first time I heard Earl on the radio, I didn't know what to think. I couldn't tell if it was a banjo or electric guitar or if it was lightning bolts from heaven." You can hear Earl Scruggs again on the radio this Saturday.