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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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Flatt and Scruggs Build a Career

Flatt and Scruggs Build a Career

(p.43) 7 Flatt and Scruggs Build a Career
Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt quit their jobs as members of Bill Monroe’s band in the first months of 1948. The high energy of Scruggs’s banjo married well to Flatt’s appealing voice and songs, quickly earning them spots on the circuit of radio stations that helped sustain early bluegrass musicians. Howard Watts, Monroe’s bassist, also left the band and joined Flatt and Scruggs. The country-fied lead singer, Jim Eanes, joined briefly, to be replaced by Mac Wiseman. Wiseman helped the band get a spot on WCYB, the popular Bristol radio station that also played host to pioneering acts such as the Stanley Brothers and Jim & Jesse. Also during this period, Earl Scruggs married the former Louise Certain, creating a personal and professional partnership would last for decades

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, banjo, Lester Flatt, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Herzog Studios, Jim Shumate, Louise Scruggs, Béla Fleck, Mac Wiseman, Bill Monroe

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