Earl Scruggs is gone. There will be bluegrass tears all through the country, mostly from folks who came to love the banjo through his fancy fingerwork. His banjo picking on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album and the recorded commentary from him there were the things that drew me in. I was taken enough to purchase a banjo way back in 1978, and I carted that banjo and Scruggs' banjo instruction record around for over 30 years. Too bad I only ever learned a couple of licks and never really played. But I always appreciate a good banjo picker, and Earl was among the best. He was a great ambassador for the instrument. Story here.
Enjoy this banjo dynamo as he appeared with Steve Martin and other men with banjos on David Letterman.