Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance

Rogers & LarranceRogers & Larrance have released Groundspeed, a second track from their upcoming reimagining of Flatt & Scruggs’ classic Foggy Mountain Banjo album.

What makes their effort unique is that Tyson Rogers is a pianist, and Bryon Larrance a drummer. The pair met working with jazz banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, and later hooked up again in Alison Brown’s group. They decided that the banjo was the thread running through their musical lives, and have been recording as time allows in Nashville to create this new album.

If you listen closely, you’ll hear Rogers replicating the exact Scruggs-style banjo roll notes in unison with ace picker Charlie Cushman on the banjo breaks in a manner that Floyd Cramer had perfected. Johnny Warren joins them on fiddle, with Barry Bales on bass.

It’s a very cool sound, offering a different take on Earl’s masterpiece, without straying too far from the original.

No word yet on when the full album will be available.

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