RIP Earl Scruggs, Harry Crews & Jerry "Boogie" McCain
Legendary banjo picker Earl Scruggs died yesterday in Nashville at 88. In 1948, Scruggs formed a band with guitarist Lester Flatt called The Foggy Mountain Boys.
Flatt-N-Scruggs recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies among many other timeless recordings. In 1985, they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In later years, Scruggs worked with musicians such as Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart, John Fogerty, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Travis Tritt and Billy Bob Thornton. Earl Scruggs contends as one of the greatest banjo players to ever touch the instrument.
In other sad news, Alabama bluesman, Jerry "Boogie" McCain died yesterday as well. McCain played harmonica and guitar. He recorded his last two albums for Tim Duffy's Music Maker Relief Foundation. They will both be missed.
As I finish this sentence, I just heard Harry Crews died yesterday too. Yet, another fallen hero. That one really stings. I spoke with Harry Crews several times. No time for proper obit on Harry...not now...The flag flies at half mast...