Reviews coming in for Flatt & Scruggs DVDs

Flatt & Scruggs TV shows released on DVDThe pair of Flatt & Scruggs DVDs we posted about in January are officially out this week, and the first reviews are coming in.

Both The Raleigh News & Observer and Americana Roots have weighed in on the value of these two DVDs of previously unreleased footage, taken from Flatt & Scruggs television appearances in 1961 and 1962.

Each DVD includes better than two dozen songs, with much of the classic Flatt & Scruggs repertoire represented. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy, Before I Met You, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, Earl’s Breakdown, Polka On A Banjo, Down The Road and many more are here, along with several live Martha White commercials and the comedy stylings of Jake Tullock and Josh Graves.

Hylo Brown appears as a guest on Vol. 1, Maybelle Carter on Vol. 2, and the Foggy Mountain Boys also include Curly Seckler and Paul Warren.

Full track listings can be found from either Janet Davis Music, County Sales or The Music Shed – all of whom also have the DVDs available for immediate shipping.

For most current fans and students of bluegrass music who never had a chance to see this group perform live in person, these DVDs – and others said to be set for release later this year – offer a glimpse of Flatt & Scruggs at the peak of their popularity, and to may historians of the genre, the high point of their artistic endeavors.

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