Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

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Earl Scruggs died today at the age of 88. It's a huge oversight imo that we'd never dedicated a thread to him and Lester.


Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:19 (ten years ago) link

r.i.p. earl. you were a monster in the best possible sense. a legend and a helluva man.

scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 01:54 (ten years ago) link

A great man died today, a great indeed!
From the words of John Hartford to Earl's son's on the release of their first record
Dear Randy and Gary;
All this week I've been trying to write about a lot of things like how there's no generation gap in your family and how much of my own music I owe to your and your folks....But like the music itself, most of what I want to say is beyond semantics. It's like trying to paste all these big trees and mountains on the back of an album cover. This is really good music and as I listen to it I keep thinking how proud your Mom and Dad must be.

Must of been an amazing family to grow up in and be a part of, now I need to get those Scruggs Family records I've been meaning to....Earl Scruggs always seemed a progressive man in Nashville and bluegrass in general. Sad News

JacobSanders, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:05 (ten years ago) link


scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:11 (ten years ago) link


scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:13 (ten years ago) link


scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:14 (ten years ago) link

Getting sadder about this by the hour. ;_;

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:22 (ten years ago) link

i love this. the whole thing is reslly long, but just the first part is great. all three have so much respect for one another and if you are a fan of precision pickin' whoooooo boy this is the stuff.


scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:49 (ten years ago) link

RIP a true American giant, I can remember my mom listening to those records when I was a kid.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:50 (ten years ago) link


scott seward, Thursday, 29 March 2012 03:24 (ten years ago) link


RIP Earl, one of the greats.

one dis leads to another (ian), Thursday, 29 March 2012 03:41 (ten years ago) link

aw RIP. The whole doc from whence that amazing Byrds clip comes from is here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8wvvo_earl-scruggs-story-with-bob-dylan-t_music
so much great music.

tylerw, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:11 (ten years ago) link

kind of love this record, don't know how his "crossover" records are viewed these days.

tylerw, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:12 (ten years ago) link

ugh so many good people lost this year already

RIP Earl, this album is amazing

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:38 (ten years ago) link

yeah listening to that one right now. a perfect sound.

tylerw, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:55 (ten years ago) link

yeah listening to that one right now. a perfect sound.

I know right? such a beautifully produced record - everything has this effervescent, chiming sheen to it

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:09 (ten years ago) link

the only one i have is "live at carnegie hall" and while it's great i have always itched for something recorded in a proper studio

their "martha white" theme was the inspiration for prarie home companion's powdermilk biscuits iirc

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:18 (ten years ago) link

oh man get the Sings the Carter Family album, the studio sound is gorgeous

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:19 (ten years ago) link

Here's Earl on guitar, w links to other good coverage:

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 13:47 (ten years ago) link

Earl Scruggs Revue Live At Kansas State was the first one I bought. Good mix of trad, 40s, 50s (?) and def 60s material, incl Dylan and Joni Mitchell, plus Don Nix's good "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" (nooobody wants to die"--always wanted ro hear Sly Stone cover that) Amazon shows it as a twofer w Dueling Banjos. Good basic description and full track list for Live... here

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 14:01 (ten years ago) link

seven years pass...

that's the best 'roll in my sweet baby's arms' i've ever heard

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 September 2019 22:42 (three years ago) link

Have you heard The Buckaroos do it?

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 September 2019 22:43 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Edsel compilation of Earl Scruggs revue is pretty great.

cherry picked a couple of tracks from each of the lps over 10 years. I think I might need to go and checkout the individual lps if I can get them. THis is 24 years old on Edsel and i found it on discogs after having seen the Austin City Limits featuring the band from 1975.
Was looking through that show's early days because I'd found one with Ry Cooder as part of Flaco Jimenez's band

Stevolende, Monday, 2 January 2023 09:43 (one month ago) link

If you dig the Revue records you should check out yr Scruggs brothers lps.

ian, Monday, 2 January 2023 14:03 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Somehow missed all the lps by Earl Scruggs Revue anthologised on several BGO cds

Stevolende, Sunday, 22 January 2023 11:06 (two weeks ago) link

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