Earl Scruggs has died - Do you recognize his significance?
Earl Scruggs recently passed away. Before and even during his lifetime - less educated sorts of persons universally denigrated Southern and Appalachian culture, and they used the Banjo to always make fun of Appalachian peoples.
Who else can be considered a virtuoso musician that plays the five string banjo?
Earl Scrugs changed banjo music forever. His music was so much more eclectic than that backwoods hillbilly people who never listened assumed he was. I was fortunate to see him at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, I think it was 3 years ago. He was old, playing sitting down, but he was still out there playing. So long Earl.