Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, North Carolina, Earl Scruggs is the only surviving member remaining from the Original Bluegrass Band, which was composed of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts (also known as Cedric Rainwater). Today, Scruggs is considered as a living legend for his unparalleled mastery of the banjo.

Music

No doubt the most distinct characteristic of Scruggs’ music is the way he played the banjo. The Scruggs Style referred to his preferred three-finger-use for banjo picking and which many banjo players today continue to imitate. He was also known for producing extremely smooth music, characterized by a wide range of unique licks, the combination of jazz and blues tunes, and unequaled polish. READ MORE »

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