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Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain BreakdownThe Making of an American Classic$
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Thomas Goldsmith

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042966

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.001.0001

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Out to Follow Scruggs’s Path

Out to Follow Scruggs’s Path

(p.1) 1 Out to Follow Scruggs’s Path
Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

Author Thomas Goldsmith introduces his quest to research the story of bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs and that of his signature composition, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Chapter describes visits to Boiling Springs, North Carolina, Scruggs’s childhood home and to Cincinnati, Ohio, where “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” was recorded in 1949. Details Goldsmith’s hiring as a newspaper journalist in Nashville, Tennessee, and his many interviews of Scruggs and other bluegrass stars. Lays groundwork for story of Scruggs’s success in music and the use of his tune in movies and many other settings.

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, Boiling Springs, Cincinnati, Nashville, banjo, Mastertone, Tennessean, Bonnie and Clyde, Thomas Goldsmith

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