Earl Scruggs

by Murrell Thixton
Posted March 30th, 2012 at 10:52 am

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Bill Sullivan always credited his venturing down the banjo road to the final chapter in the Earl Scruggs and the Five String Banjo book.  He said it turned out he was much better at constructing the instrument than playing it, but the influence Mr. Scruggs had on Bill Sullivan and the rest of those that proudly choose to play the banjo proved to be immeasurable.  Like the rest of the music community we were deeply saddened to hear of his passing.  We want to send our condolences to the entire Scruggs family and let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • LaVerne S
    June 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I agree that Earl should receive all the credit that is due him. He certainly had a major hand in creating the sound now known worldwide as bluegrass music. However, I think Don Reno should be recognized also. As I understand it Bill Monroe had asked Don to play banjo before asking Earl. I’m told that Don couldn’t accomodate Bill because he was going into the military. So, Bill asked Earl. If this is true Don Reno could easily have been the Earl Scruggs we all recognize now, and without a doubt Don was just as good as Earl….or at least Bill must have thought so.

  • David Robinson
    July 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I am privileged to have started my banjo playing late in my life while Mr. Earl Scruggs was alive. I never met him, but feel like I knowhim because of quiet and soft approach. He will always be my inspiration and to be able to play his music is my lifelong goal. Because of this Earl Scruggs will live forever.

    Thank You
    David Robinson
    Southern Maryland

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