RIP Earl Scruggs


Earl Scruggs was a innovative instrumentalist who helped to define American music in the 20th century, and as a result influenced every banjo player who came afterwards. Like Maybelle Carter, he developed an unusual playing technique, which later become absorbed into the standard language of musicians. As a tribute to the recently-passed banjo genius Earl Scruggs, here is a feature-length documentary about him from the early 1970s. You’ll recognize none other than Bob Dylan in the opening; check out the grin on his face as they launch into a tune together.

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