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Scruggs’s Banjo Gains a Cult Following

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/9780252042966.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

The Gibson musical instrument company of Kalamazoo, Illinois, made certain banjos before World War II that have become storied collectors’ items because they are just like the one played by Earl ... More


The Piedmont’s Rich Musical Soil

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/9780252042966.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

The piedmont areas of North and South Carolina provided much of the music that Earl Scruggs heard in his youth. After hearing the music of banjoists such as Charlie Poole, Snuffy Jenkins, Fisher ... More


“Like a Jackhammer”—How the Tune Works

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/9780252042966.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

The driving 1949 recording of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” showcased the groundbreaking banjo style that Scruggs developed in North Carolina. Beginning with a “pinch”—two strings hit strongly at once, ... More


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