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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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Reaping the Harvest

Reaping the Harvest

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Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Thomas Goldsmith

University of Illinois Press

Earl Scruggs was well positioned for renewed stardom when people’s thirst for American roots music took off in the 1990s. He had recovered from illness and gone off the road with his high-powered Earl Scruggs and Family and Friends band. Honors showered on him from governments and big-time nonprofits. His hometown of Shelby planned to make a shrine to Scruggs out of the old Cleveland County courthouse. Also taking up arms for Scruggs were acoustic stars such as Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas's Flatt and Scruggs homage group, the Earls of Leicester. Warren Beatty honored Earl at a 2008 bash thrown for Beatty. Louise Scruggs died in 2006 and Earl in 2012. He was widely eulogized and remembered.

Keywords:   Earl Scruggs, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Earls of Leicester, Gary Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Louise Scruggs, Steve Martin

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