Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Earl Scruggs, R. I. P.

Earl Scruggs, bluegrass legend, dies – Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs, a singular talent of collective import, died Wednesday morning at a Nashville hospital. He was 88.

But Scruggs' legacy is in no way limited to or defined by bluegrass, a genre that he and partner Lester Flatt dominated as Flatt and Scruggs in the 1950s and '60s: His adaptability and open-minded approach to musicality and to collaboration made him a bridge between genres and generations.

Hat tip to Seepy Benton.


  1. Damn. Well, at least there's the band Uncle Earl, among so many others, to keep up his legacy and work out further innovation.

    Not looking forward to losing, say, Doc Watson nor Pete Seeger, and I suspect they're not looking forward to us losing them, either.

  2. A Master musician if there ever was one!

  3. Anonymous11:51 PM

    What a sad day. Todd said it all.

  4. Earl Scruggs And Lester Flatt - Cripple Creek