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John McEuen on Earl Scruggs

John McEuenJohn McEuen is an acoustic artist that plays the banjo, among other instruments. His life changed because of the late Earl Scruggs and the instrument known as the 5-String Banjo. John wrote the following as a tribute to the man who had such an impact on John as well as the music he plays.

Thoughts on the Passing of Earl Scruggs from Kristin Scott Benson 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year

Kristin Scott BensonLike everyone else that loves bluegrass music and the banjo, I was saddened to hear the news of Earl Scruggs' passing. Terry Smith, bass player with The Grascals, called me at my parents' house in South Carolina to give me the news. Though I didn't know him well, I immediately felt a void because his life has had so much impact on mine. In fact, anyone that plays traditional 3-finger, bluegrass banjo (which is almost every banjo player in the world) owes their craft to Earl Scruggs. Even the players that unfortunately haven't listened to him first-hand, should understand that their primary influence is still Earl Scruggs.

The Legendary Master of the 3-Finger Banjo, Earl Scruggs Dies

Earl ScruggsThe legendary master of the 3-Finger "Scruggs-Style" banjo died yesterday of natural causes. Earl Scruggs, 88, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee. He had been in declining health for a while. There is no doubt that Earl Scruggs and his banjo were responsible for the sound of what we call bluegrass music today.

Connie Smith Selected as CMHoF 2011 Artist-in-Residence

Connie SmithNashville, TN -- Legendary vocalist Connie Smith will bring her incomparable voice, her catalog of hits and some of her favorite collaborators when she takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHoF) and Museum's 2011 Artist-in-Residence. Smith will serve as host and curator for the intimate evening performances, which are slated for August 22, August 29 and September 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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