Like 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.