• Foggy Mountain Troubadour out today

    Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler a much anticipated biography by Penny Parsons is published today, Monday, May 23, 2016. It would be foolhardy to say that John Ray ‘Curly’ Seckler was a side-man; that is forgetting

  • Foggy Mountain Troubadour coming soon

    We have been well served with bluegrass music books during the past year with the superb study of the Stanley Brothers' career and recorded music, The Music Of The Stanley Brothers, the substantial Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies, the

  • Don’t Give Up Your Day Job #2

    A Quiz ….. From the very beginning playing bluegrass music has been a particularly precarious job, even for the very, very talented. Bill Monroe worked at Sinclair Oil in the 1930s; Kenny Baker often went back to the coal mines even though he

  • Curly Seckler celebrates his 95th birthday

    Bluegrass music veteran Curly Seckler celebrated his 95th birthday on Christmas Day, 2014. Seckler is one of bluegrass music’s great tenor singers, being noted particularly for his harmony work with Lester Flatt. He acquired his vocal talents from his father. His mother

  • Lonesome and Then Some… Larry Sparks

    When did you first hear the music of Larry Sparks? That seems like a good question to ponder as we consider his latest album, Lonesome and Then Some... A Classic 50th Celebration. For me it was 40 years ago, sometime in 1974

  • Curly Seckler suffers another stroke

    Bluegrass legend Curly Seckler has suffered a second stroke in just over a year. His first was in May of 2013, and it left him experiencing difficulties with speech. This second, on June 1, has resulted in partial paralysis on

  • Happy Birthday Curly Seckler

    Continuing a Christmas tradition we hope will last many more years, the Bluegrass Today family wishes a happy 94th birthday to the great Curly Seckler. Curly, whose soaring tenor and trademark falsetto break was a definitive part of the classic Flatt

  • Ramblin’ Tommy ‘Doc’ Scott passes

    Tommy Scott, who worked to the self-applied motif as America’s Last Real Medicine Show, passed away on Monday, September 30th of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on August 10th.  He was 96 years old. Born in Stephens County,

  • Curly Seckler recovering from a mini-stroke

    We have learned that Curly Seckler, the legendary bluegrass singer and songwriter, suffered a mini-stroke on May 19. At 93, he is the sole surviving member of the Foggy Mountain Boys and has continued to perform sporadically to this point. According