Friday Night Music: Remembering Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs

Posted on March 30, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

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The death of Earl Scruggs, the virtuoso banjo player, in Nashville on Wednesday was mourned throughout the tight-knit bluegrass music world.

Fellow musicians, many of whom had grown up listening to him or were lucky enough to meet and learn from him, remembered Mr. Scruggs as a shy but giving player.

Reached at his home in Los Angeles via Skype, Steve Martin, the humorist and banjo player recalled learning to pick the song “Sally Goodin’” from Mr. Scruggs after a show in the late 1960s.

“I couldn’t believe he took time out to teach a young kid how to play his way of playing,” said Mr. Martin. “It was a very lucky world to have lived in, to have known Earl,” he said.

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