The Takeaway Pays Tribute to Earl Scruggs

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs playing the Stagecoach Music Festival in 2009. Earl Scruggs playing the Stagecoach Music Festival in 2009. (Paul Butterfield/Getty Images Entertainment)

Earl Scruggs, the man who reinvented the banjo as a solo virtuoso instrument, has died at the age of 88. Scruggs invented a style, the three finger picking style of banjo playing distinct from the ancient Clawhammer technique. Scruggs style is precise, rhythmic, dizzyingly fast and took the banjo from the back of the band and brought it down front.

The Takeaway pays tribute to Scruggs, who played his instrument like no one had ever before played it and changed music forever.

Produced by:

Tim Einenkel and Vince Fairchild

Comments [1]

Tom from Southern Californai

I learned to play bluegrass banjo at the age of 16 (1963). Having every Flatt & Scruggs available over the next 25 years or so, I can say that his playing was pure and clean, immediately recognizable by any banjo player (at least us older guys). He was a true master who inspired me to play the 5-String.

Mar. 29 2012 01:12 PM

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