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Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, & Ricky Skaggs

Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo what Paganini was to the violin. As part of the Foggy Mountain Boys and later Flatt & Scruggs (both with Lester Flatt), he created the sound of bluegrass and helped bring it to national recognition through radio shows, recordings, television appearances, and concerts. During the '40s, the group added "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" to the bluegrass canon, and during the '50s and '60s, they became the most visible bluegrass act in the country, performing often on television. The duo's popularity peaked in 1962, when they recorded the theme song to the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbilles. The theme, called "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," became the first number one bluegrass single in early 1963, and the duo made a number of cameos on the show.

By the end of the '60s, Scruggs wanted to expand their sound and pushed Flatt to cover Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1968 as well as land concert appearances in venues that normally booked rock & roll acts. Flatt wanted to continue in a traditional bluegrass vein. Inevitably, the opposing forces came to a head in 1969, and the duo parted ways. Appropriately, Flatt formed a traditional bluegrass band, the Nashville Grass, while Scruggs assembled a more progressive outfit, the Earl Scruggs Revue, with his two sons.

The Revue appealed more to a young and urban audience and, with dobro player Josh Graves, played rock and other non-country music. By the end of the '70s, Flatt & Scruggs began ironing out the details of a proposed reunion album, but they were scrapped upon Flatt's death on May 11, 1979. Scruggs made many albums after his parting with Flatt, highlighted by 1982's The Storyteller and the Banjo Man (with Tom T. Hall) and 2001's Earl Scruggs and Friends (which featured an all-star cast including Johnny Cash, Elton John, Sting, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Leon Russell, and Steve Martin). Scruggs was often seen on TV as well, often for reunion appearances. In 2012, he died in Nashville at the age of 88. ~ David Vinopal, Rovi
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Blessed Jesus is Praised through string pickin'!
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I apologize, Jennifer. Just have never believed these three had.any real heart. You clearly do, and I'm low class for addressing any comment to you.
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Embrace the Lord?? Come ON!!
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I loathe his stuff-no sincere emotion anywhere, just vacant showmanship. Blues? Hah! Phony.
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A great man
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A song that reminds us of our mortality. We should live life so that we may one day embrace the Lord.
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Earl Scruggs was a musical genius and his talent is the foundation for the majority of bluegrass artists. He laid the groundwork for future generations. Doc Watson was another artist who is a role model! It seems Ricky Skaggs is somewhat of the heir to the best -he has his own style, but he did work with THE BEST!
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Reaches the sky & beyond!
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donnitatubbs
Doc Watson was my first concert. I was 6 months old!
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This will get you out of a nasty mood real fast . Thanks
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These guys are HOT PICKERS!!!!! ! !
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Absolutely LOVE anything Del Cory Sings. Carolyn Moseley how about a dance?
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What a trio!!!
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All they need is the del Cory band
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All they need is Les Paul then it would never be equalled ever.
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when i die who will sing a song for me?......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t . . . t . . . . t . . . . . . .
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Wow. Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs all at once. How can one stage hold that much talent. Amazing.
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Thats my uncle Earl , NO JOKE OR LIE!!! im in Greenville N.C, hes from Shiloe N.C. if you wanna learn more joseph13delt a @ g m a i l . c o m
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Chester and Lester, Guitar Monsters
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All I can say ie this is THE BEST from the BEST.
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These guy are top dog Musicians can't help kickin my feet on the floor.
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What a great group of pickers. Heavy hitter in my opinion all they need now is Les Paul that would complete the whole group of the absolutely best of the best.
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rog906
Great song, but those aren't the lyrics.
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vivianamiami
I must have been a hill billy in another life, because this music just speaks to my soul
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miroma0
whhelllll dogggies lovin every minute of it loved jed
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Briceskieet do you have a little brain?
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milliondalla r d r a g o n
3 of the best of all time RIP Doc and Earl
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now you've started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cause it actually works
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dgamb29
love u.. in san diego
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The Band: Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys....in my humble opinion, the most versatile and cohesive, as well as the most talented Bluegrass gathering in history...th e y had it all: banjo, flattop, fiddle, dobro, and doghouse bass....no mandolin?
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jtucker42
Love this. Listening to The Three Pickers. I'm a rock and roller from way back, but who can deny the wonderfule musicality of music like this. I remember my parents being Earl Scruggs fans. Maybe they knew something that I had to grow up to appreciate.
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greenegdg1
Grew up listling to Lester and Earl what a dueo the best ever, started a band many years ago with my Dad we played all thier songs
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vincenteunic e 4 6
LOVE this station!!
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This is the most amazing DVD I have ever watched showcasing pure talent from these three Legends.
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RIP Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson
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HOT? Y THIS IS SIZZLIN!!!!
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died and gone to WWVA heaven; do not get this candy out in CDM,CA!!!!!
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D-----, this is hot!
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Goodness grows in North Carolina, and Earl is a prime example.
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mkasper84
the greatest Banjo Player EVER!!! Thank you Earl for giving us Bluegrass
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mikeclark506 0
R.I.P earl scruggs
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i wish my parents had listened to this while i was growing up. Thank you Kentucky. Love Vermont. Your bluegrass is essential to a good life.
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I know earl wold rember the piedmont area .he is a good man and the best at perfecting the three finger stile
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I have this album and listen to it all the time. Never gets old. Amazing. Love it. Can I say more?
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What a great song. I need to get this album.
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bissonwm
Born and raised in Kentucky, it takes me home.
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I remember listening to Earl and his sons in the clubs in Nashville in the 70's. I always enjoyed their range of music.
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no matter who is playing bluegrass still like always.
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