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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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“I grew up around a banjo”

“I grew up around a banjo”

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Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

Chapter tells the story of Earl Scruggs’s childhood and school years in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and of the early death of his father, George Elam Scruggs. Members of the family, including his mother, Lula Ruppe Scruggs, played organ, fiddle, banjo, guitar and other instruments. Scruggs had five brothers and sisters. While expected to take a full part in the backbreaking labor on the farm, Scruggs was also very occupied with music. While he was plowing, musical thoughts ran through his mind over and over. Cleveland County, where he grew up, was a thriving center of business, cotton-dominated agriculture, politics, and music.

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, Boiling Springs, Cleveland County, banjo, Lula Ruppe Scruggs, George Scruggs, piedmont, cotton, Shelby

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