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Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler Inducted into Bill Monroe Hall of Fame Today

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Curly SecklerBluegrass pioneer Curly Seckler will be inducted into the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 24 at the 37th Annual Uncle Pen Days Festival in Bean Blossom, IN.

Seckler first performed on radio in Salisbury, NC in 1935, ten years before what is now considered the first bluegrass band came together under Bill Monroe's leadership.

Curly worked several times early in his career with Charlie Monroe, filling the role of tenor singer after the breakup of the Monroe Brothers. He went on to work with the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, the Sauceman Brothers, and spent a dozen years with Flatt & Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys. His razor sharp tenor voice and driving rhythm mandolin "chop" can be heard on many of their classic hits.

Seckler left Flatt & Scruggs in 1962, but rejoined Flatt in the Nashville Grass in 1973. After Flatt's death, Seckler took over leadership of the band for another 15 years before retiring from touring in 1994. However, he never stopped performing, and in 2004 he made a collection of new recordings and began an ongoing series of appearances on festivals, concerts, and television shows.

That same year he was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Seckler fondly recalls performing at Bean Blossom repeatedly with the Nashville Grass in the 1970s and '80s. He looks forward to returning on Saturday to see many old friends. His induction ceremony is scheduled for 3:45 PM.

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