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March 29, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Bill Monroe, the man widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass music, was in search of a new banjo player for his famed Blue Grass Boys when a young musician turned up backstage at Nashville's celebrated Ryman Auditorium during a 1945 Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast, hoping to audition. Once Monroe and his guitarist, Lester Flatt, heard the sparks fly from 21-year-old Earl Scruggs' instrument, the bandleader asked Flatt what he thought. "If you can, hire him," Flatt told Monroe, "whatever the cost.
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March 29, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Bill Monroe, the man widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass music, was in search of a new banjo player for his famed Blue Grass Boys when a young musician turned up backstage at Nashville's celebrated Ryman Auditorium during a 1945 Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast, hoping to audition. Once Monroe and his guitarist, Lester Flatt, heard the sparks fly from 21-year-old Earl Scruggs' instrument, the bandleader asked Flatt what he thought. "If you can, hire him," Flatt told Monroe, "whatever the cost.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Louise Scruggs, 78, who as the wife and manager of banjo legend Earl Scruggs helped broaden the audience for bluegrass and country music, died Thursday in Nashville. Her family said she had respiratory disease. Scruggs, who was born in rural Wilson County east of Nashville, met her husband in 1946 after seeing him perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. They married two years later.
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February 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Louise Scruggs, 78, who as the wife and manager of banjo legend Earl Scruggs helped broaden the audience for bluegrass and country music, died Thursday in Nashville. Her family said she had respiratory disease. Scruggs, who was born in rural Wilson County east of Nashville, met her husband in 1946 after seeing him perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. They married two years later.
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August 30, 2001
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June 7, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Two California musicians are among the American folk artists named as National Heritage fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts. Jose Gutierrez of Norwalk, a Mexican jarocho player, and Richard Hagopian of Visalia, an Armenian oud player, will each receive $5,000 fellowships and be honored during two days of ceremonies in late September in Washington. The other honorees include celebrated banjo player Earl Scruggs, a German-American concertina maker from Minnesota and an elderly quilter from Missouri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Josh Graves, 79, whose bluesy Dobro adorned hundreds of bluegrass and country records, died Saturday in Nashville after a long illness. Born Burkett Howard Graves in Tellico Plains, Tenn., "Uncle Josh" was one of only a few professional Dobro players in the 1950s when he joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys.
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December 19, 2007 | Randy Lewis
Lifetime achievement Grammy Awards for 2008 will go to performers whose careers span more than seven decades and cross genres from big band and classical music to rock and country: Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman, Burt Bacharach, the Band, Doris Day and Earl Scruggs. In addition, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday that its Trustees Awards will go to Elektra and Nonesuch Records founder Jac Holzman, Memphis, Tenn.
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January 10, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Stagecoach, as the country cousin of the huge Coachella rock franchise is now named, will saddle up for the first time in early May with a lineup that is even deeper than previously announced: Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Gary Allan and Neko Case have been added to the bill.
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January 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Art Stamper, 71, a leading fiddle player who performed with the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, died Sunday in Louisville, Ky., after a four-year battle with throat cancer. A member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Stamper was a native of Hindman in eastern Kentucky and a longtime resident of Shepherdsville, near Louisville. His father, Hiram, was an accomplished old-time musician, and Stamper followed suit at age 9.
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January 17, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Traditional bluegrass is high-octane folk music that can be hopelessly dated or absolutely timeless. On Friday at McCabe's Guitar Shop, the Del McCoury Band represented the genre at its most graceful, bringing the sounds of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to a new generation of listeners. Leader McCoury and his four-man band shared a single microphone to perform music that was sometimes humorous, sometimes haunted. "We didn't plan a thing," McCoury told the crowd.
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September 5, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kid Rock knows how to pass the long hours between tour dates: with the grips of a motorcycle throbbing in his hands. The rocker-rapper-provocateur and tour sidekick DJ Uncle Cracker never leave Detroit without their bikes. "We got a chopper and a Harley Fat Boy out here; Cracker's got his Harley," says Rock, calling from an East Coast tour date with Aerosmith. "We bring as many bikes as we can, depending on the room. If it's nice out and we're in a nice area, we love to go riding."
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