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Celebrate Past, Present and Future at the Earl Scruggs Center

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Cleveland County CourthouseCelebrate the past, present and future with the Earl Scruggs Center as they approach their first anniversary on January 11, 2015. The center reflects on the many firsts of this past year - a grand opening celebration weekend that wowed all involved, two specal exhibits, numerous programs, amazing volunteers, national media coverage, star studded performers, a supportive community, educational programming for school kids, statewide partnerships, becoming a hub for the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC, building a strong membership, visitors from 41 states and 9 foreign countries and so much more! All of these things have made for a successful launch and brought the Earl Scruggs Center to where it is today!

The Earl Scruggs Center invites you to be a part of their future! What are your plans for 2015? We invite you to be a part of all the Center is accomplishing as we welcome visitors from around the world! Visit, attend a program, purchase a membership, make a donation, host an event, perform for a program, volunteer, share your ideas or help us spread the word!

As you plan for year end financial gifts or gifts in memory or honor of those close to you, we appreciate your consideration of the Earl Scruggs Center. Your gifts help further share the life and legacy of Earl Scruggs and the rich cultural traditions of the region where he grew up. Celebrate the past and help us perform their objectives day to day by investing in the future.

The Center explores Mr. Scruggs’ innovative career and the community that gave it shape while celebrating how he crossed musical boundaries and defined the voice of the banjo to the world. Mr. Scruggs embraced tradition while also adapting to the changing times and looking toward the future—themes which resonate throughout the Center. Engaging exhibits, special event space and rich programming provide a uniquely rich experience for visitors.

Earl Scruggs made his mark with the birth of bluegrass music as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and later with partner Lester Flatt when they performed with their band the Foggy Mountain Boys. Scruggs is credited with creating the 3-finger style of picking the 5-string banjo now called "Scruggs Style." It is that sound that has popularized bluegrass music and gives it a unique sound. Scruggs played with many other styles of music but continued to drive his banjo using the Scruggs Style.

Scruggs is in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of fame. He was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, National Medal of the Arts and numerous other awards. He earned multiple Grammy awards for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Few artists have made such a lasting mark on America's music and Scruggs' banjo style is certainly at the top of the list.

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