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Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

David W. Johnson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Carter and Ralph Stanley—the Stanley Brothers—are comparable to Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as important members of the earliest generation of bluegrass musicians. This biography of the brothers ... More


Joining Bill Monroe

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

Earl Scruggs joined the Grand Ole Opry, the high-profile country-music radio show, in December 1945. Although some were skeptical that he’d fit in, Scruggs turned out to be a necessary counterpoint ... More


Working as a Blue Grass Boy

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

After joining Bill Monroe in 1945, Earl Scruggs was to became part of a famous ensemble known as the “classic” Blue Grass Boys. Along with Monroe, guitarist-singer Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise, ... More


Back Then It Was Called Hillbilly Music (1946–1957)

Kip Lornell

in Capital Bluegrass: Hillbilly Music Meets Washington, DC

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780199863112
eISBN:
9780190933685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199863112.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

Bluegrass began to emerge as a subset of hillbilly music shortly after the close of World War II. However, both the terms “country” music and “bluegrass” were not commonly used until the late 1950s. ... More


Flatt and Scruggs Build a Career

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt quit their jobs as members of Bill Monroe’s band in the first months of 1948. The high energy of Scruggs’s banjo married well to Flatt’s appealing voice and songs, ... More


The Number-One Banjo Player

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

Bill Monroe’s opposition meant that for years Flatt and Scruggs would lack the coast-to-coast coverage of Opry station WSM’s 50,000-watt signal. Instead, they played stints at regional stations. By ... More


Reaping the Harvest

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular

Earl Scruggs was well positioned for renewed stardom when people’s thirst for American roots music took off in the 1990s. He had recovered from illness and gone off the road with his high-powered ... More


The Beverly Hillbillies Welcomes the Banjo

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1962, Flatt and Scruggs showed up on a weekly television show that quickly grabbed tens of millions of weekly viewers, the mainstream of American pop culture. This increased television presence ... More


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