Tag: Earl Scruggs

Photos, video from Scruggs Center opening

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Our Special Bluegrass Correspondent captured some images and video from the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center on January 11.    

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Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place on the courthouse square into […]

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Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

| January 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
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As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South will take […]

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The Twelve Days of Bluegrass Christmas

| December 24, 2013 | 3 Comments
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The Twelve Days of Christmas A song most people love to hate. It is never picked when church groups go Christmas caroling. Whether it’s because it’s too long or because no one knows all of the words is irrelevant. If it were a person, it […]

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Earl Scruggs Center to open in 2014

| October 24, 2013 | 1 Comment
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The City of Shelby, NC has given a lot to the rest of the US. A handful of NASCAR drivers, NFL and MLB players, a notorious bank robber and a sitting US Senator all hail from this town of just over 20,000 residents. The world […]

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Bluegrass Hootenanny remembered

| May 3, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Much of Nashville, and all of country music, was absorbed yesterday with the memorial service for George Jones held at the Grand Ole Opry house. Friends and loyal fans turned out to remember this musical giant, who passed away on April 26. Over the course […]

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Life without Earl

| March 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
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This tribute to Earl Scruggs on the anniversary of his passing is a contribution from Jim Mills, a life-long student of Scruggs-style banjo, and a serious collector of the sort of pre war Gibson banjos that Earl played. Jim also maintains a large collection of […]

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Albums of The Year? – 2012 Edition

| December 31, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Billboard has released their year-end list of the top albums in bluegrass music. As always for the magazine’s charts, these are strictly based on sales as measured by SoundScan, and dependent on both Billboard and SoundScan’s definition of “bluegrass.” Here is their 2012 list: 15. Bright Morning Stars — The […]

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Punch Brothers – your roots are showing

| October 5, 2012 | 3 Comments
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Punch Brothers are one of those acts that help define the dividing line between what is and isn’t bluegrass music. Folks who embrace the oft-denigrated “big tent” philosophy see them as a direct antecedent to what Bill Monroe started nearly 60 years ago, while traditionalists […]

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Earl Scruggs tribute at IBMA

| September 28, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Our friends at Music City Roots have posted a video from the first part of the Earl Scruggs tribute during last night’s IBMA Awards show. Steve Martin introduced the segment, which served as the show’s finale, complete with dozens of top banjo pickers throwing down […]

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