Life is definitely a journey and since we all have lives that encompass a multitude of choices and chance encounters, we are saddened today. The Bluegrass family mourns the loss of a Legend – Earl Scruggs, Master of the Bluegrass Banjo, who passed away in Nashville at the age of 88. Most people know of the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme song and his infamous “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” tune from the movie “Bonnie & Clyde”. Earl Scruggs was so much more as a musician/singer/songwriter and part of the powerful duo known as “Flatt & Scruggs”, and who developed his infamous three-finger picking style.
Personally, he’s the reason I met my husband, David, in 1985 when David was the owner of The Banjo Shop in Hollywood, Florida. I had bought a 5-string banjo and wanted to learn to play “Earl Scruggs” style. Anyone who knows David and I know we love to play bluegrass music and have met great friends and musicians while we have enjoyed many genres of music. I had the good fortune of getting my husband some autographed mementos by Earl Scruggs while Louise, his wife, was still his manager, before her passing. They hang in a prominent area of our music room.
In our life, banjo music was the road to love, and today we still love each other and MUSIC!!
Mr. Earl Scruggs keep on pickin’ and grinnin’ and rest in peace.