Earl Scruggs

10 Essential Bluegrass Artists You Need to Know

If the recent passing of music legend Earl Scruggs left you wanting to know more about bluegrass, then you’re in for a treat. Anna Schwaber and Chris Cloyd, the filmmakers behind The Porchlight Sessions, an exciting new documentary that traces the evolution of the sound, have kindly offered to walk us through some of their favorite artists in the genre.

“What the film discovers is that the community of bluegrass lovers is as diverse and unique as the variations that bluegrass has taken over the years,” they explain of the project. “Documentation is important to bluegrass. As a predominantly oral tradition, it is necessary from time to time to preserve the vitality of the genre while capturing the spirit of the community from which the music springs.” Click through to check out their picks, and be sure to visit their Kickstarter page to help the duo raise enough money to license the archival film footage, historic recordings, and still photos necessary to bring the story of bluegrass to life. They’ve only got a week to go! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Legendary banjo player and bluegrass icon Earl Scruggs — the man behind “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” as well as The Beverly Hillbillies’ theme song, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” — has died at the age of 88 of natural causes. [via Billboard]

2. Apparently Lorne Michaels has been auditioning some new performers over… Read More

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