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A Bluegrass Legend's Road from Cotton Fields to Nashville Grass

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With his trademark mandolin style and unequaled tenor harmonies, Curly Seckler has carved out a seventy-seven—year career in bluegrass and country music. His foundational work in Flatt and Scruggs’s Foggy Mountain Boys secured him a place in bluegrass history. His role in The Nashville Grass made him an essential part of the music's triumphant 1970s revival.

Written in close collaboration with Mr. Seckler and those who know him, Foggy Mountain Troubadour is the first full—length biography of an American original. A volume in the series Music in American Life, Penny Parsons follows a journey from North Carolina schoolhouses to the Grand Ole Opry stage and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, from boarding houses to radio studios and traveling five to a car on two—lane roads to make the next show. Throughout, she captures the warm humor, hard choices, and vivid details of a brilliant artist’s life as he crisscrosses a nation and a century making music.

“Ms. Parsons not only illuminatesMr. Seckler’s storied life but also reports rarified accounts that offer us insight into the humanity that underscored the people, songs, live performances, recordings, and travels surrounding what is now considered to be one of the most mythical bands ever to play: Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Penny Parsons is not only an authentic biographer, she is also a first—rate musical detective.”
  ~ Marty Stuart

Foggy Mountain Troubadour The Life and Music of Curly SecklerMusic journalist Penny Parsons is Curly Seckler’s manager and a regular contributor to bluegrass publications.
A volume in the series Music in American Life

Foggy Mountain Troubadour The Life and Music of Curly Seckler
Penny Parsons
Foreword by Eddie Stubbs
Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-252-40108-8. $95.00
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-252-08159-0. $22.95
49 Black & White Photographs
304 Pages
Publication date: May 23, 2016

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