This afternoon at 4:30 p.m., bluegrass legend Curly Seckler will join Gracie Muldoon for an interview on WorldWideBluegras.com. Hearing Curly speak about his career in bluegrass can’t fail to be a rich treat for anyone who appreciates the history of our early pioneers. He was right there with them, playing mandolin and singing tenor with Flatt & Scruggs during the hey day of their popularity.
Prior to his time with Lester and Earl, he had performed with Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse and The Stanley Brothers, and though he left the business briefly in 1962, he returned to work with Lester Flatt when he formed The Nashville Grass, and kept that band name active after Flatt passed away in 1979, retiring himself in 1994.
His trademark “tenor flip” at the end of a line is considered as much a hallmark of classic Flatt & Scruggs recordings as any Scruggs banjo lick or Lester Flatt snarl, and he left his mark as a songwriter as well, with such classics as No Mother Or Dad coming from his pen.
Curly has been recording actively again this past few years, and his current release, Down In Caroline, is nominated as Recorded Event Of The Year for 2006 by the IBMA. It features a great set of new Seckler originals, with guests like Dudley Connell, Larry Sparks, Doc Watson, Rob Ickes, Herschel Sizemore, Russell Moore, Tater Tate and others.
He has a new CD which will be released in September, entitled Bluegrass, Don’t You Know. Like the current project, this will be on Copper Creek Records.
Curly is sure to talk about his new CD, and his IBMA nomination when he joins Gracie today on WWB. Hear the interview on Gracie’s show today (8/22) at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) by accessing WWB’s live streaming audio feed.
Gracie also hinted yesterday that they have some big news to announce about the Original Country Radio Network and WorldWideBluegrass.com, but it may not come today.