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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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Scruggs without Flatt

Scruggs without Flatt

A Period of Transition

(p.117) 13 Scruggs without Flatt
Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

When Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up in 1969, it freed Scruggs to play music that was more to his taste and even to express political opinions, as he did when playing at a massive protest of the war in Vietnam during the same year. He started his own group, the Earl Scruggs Revue, in which he performed with his sons, supplemented by additional musicians including future Southern rock star Charlie Daniels. Flatt also started his own group, using several musicians who had played in the Foggy Mountain Boys and sticking with a traditional bluegrass direction. Meanwhile, Scruggs was collaborating with musicians such as Bob Dylan and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. These ventures echoed an earlier jam with jazz/r&b saxophonist King Curtis, an encounter Scruggs said influenced him profoundly.

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, banjo, Lester Flatt, Charlie Daniels, Vietnam protest, Earl Scruggs Revue, Bob Dylan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marty Stuart, Johnny Cash

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