This is just a very quick post to let you know Earl Scruggs has died. 

The legendary banjo picker, who created and defined Scruggs' Style banjo playing, died this morning in Nashville, at the age of 88.

I saw Scruggs play with his family band at a festival in Florida a few years back, and he was still rocking that banjo well into his 80s. From his days with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys to his collaboration with Lester Flatt, and beyond, Earl was a benchmark artist of the bluegrass revolution - making a case for three-finger banjo picking in world of clawhammer players. 

There are few artists in the world who become known and loved for their work in their lifetime, and even fewer of whom it can be said they redefined their craft. 

Earl Scruggs managed both and, in the process, influenced and inspired generations of not only banjo pickers, but instrumentalists in general. He will be missed. 

Check out the Tennesseean for their more detailed obit.

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Comment by Flying Rooster on March 28, 2012 at 6:37pm

Great article. Earl was such a great banjo player even into his later years. he will be missed!

Comment by Hal Bogerd on March 28, 2012 at 6:44pm

Comment by kyle gregory on March 29, 2012 at 1:16am

R.I.P. Earle

Comment by Amos Perrine on March 29, 2012 at 5:21am

In the 1950's Flatt & Scruggs were based in Huntington, West Virginia, and while I do not remember the excursions with my parents to their shows then, I have vivid memories of them by the early 60's, and after the breakup, Earl in many settings, including, of course, the multi-generational Revue & Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His last performances at MerleFest were very special. The excellent PBS 1970's documentary is out there somewhere. 

Comment by Joshua Sanders on March 30, 2012 at 5:33am

Earl Scruggs Breakdown... this is what its all about, if you ask thing I find intersting is how he looks directly at the camera as opposed to looking down at his instrument. How many can play that kind of incredibley complex music and stil be able to engage their audience?

Comment by Gary E. Hamm on March 30, 2012 at 8:33pm

We saw Earl a couple months back and although he was weak and had to be guided across the stage his banjo playing and his stage personna were spot on.  His conversations were witty and entertaining.  He went out on top and left a gaping hole in the world of music.  Thank you Earl for your legacy.


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