March 31, 2006 |
Banjo legend Earl Scruggs may be stooped with age, but his fingers still pick the same quicksilver notes that jump-started American music more than 60 years ago. His playing turned the banjo into a virtuoso instrument and helped define the "high lonesome" sound of bluegrass music. He's traded licks with Indian sitar players, New York city jazzmen and Los Angeles pop stars, and he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 82, Scruggs has nothing left to prove.
August 30, 2001
Bjork, "Vespertine," Elektra Krayzie Bone, "Thug on Da Line," Loud Butthole Surfers, "Weird Revolution," Surfdog/Hollywood Toby Keith, "Pull My Chain," DreamWorks Nashville Roger McGuinn, "Treasures From the Folk Den," Appleseed Brian McKnight, "Superhero," Motown Nickelback, "Silver Side Up," Roadrunner John Phillips, "Phillips 66," Eagle Puddle of Mudd, "Come Clean," Flawless/Geffen Eric Sardinas, "Devil's Train," Evidence Slipknot, "Iowa," Roadrunner Sparklehorse, "It's a Wonderful Life,"
June 7, 1989 |
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.
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October 6, 2006 |
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.
December 19, 2007 |
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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April 5, 2014
Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the Rambler Trio and showcasing Smith on guitar, helped inspire a country boogie trend when it was released in 1945. Three years later, after the MGM record label reissued it, the song rose to No. 8 on Billboard magazine's country popularity chart.