ON THE PASSING OF EARL SCRUGGS…

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“It feels like losing my musical father. Because of my dad trying to learn to play the banjo like Earl, I was exposed to the sound. I don’t know if music would have spoken to me if it wasn’t for the sound of Earl’s banjo.” Vince Gill


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19 Comments

  1. Dottie Brock Steinle
    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    He’s been there and playing as long as I can remember. That was before TV, just our old radio tuned to The Grand Ole Opry.

  2. Melinda MacLennan
    Melinda MacLennan
    March 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    When I saw this news on MSN, I immediately went to your website..I knew you’d be feeling this loss immensely. I’ve been a fan since I was 14, I’m 42 now….I’ve seen you dozens of times and knew the bluegrass side of you. I’m so saddened for your loss of a dear friend and someone who you looked up to. May God Bless you and hold you in this sad time…

    Sincerely, Melinda a fan forever

  3. Travis
    Travis
    March 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    My dad bought a banjo many years ago with the intention of learning to play but that hasn’t happened, not yet anyway. With his interest in classic country and bluegrass I was exposed to Earl Skruggs at an early age. Last November I bought myself a second hand banjo and am currently trying to learn to play using the Skruggs method. I don’t know how his fingers could move like that. He will be missed.

  4. Luke
    Luke
    March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Music has lost an innovator and one of a kind musician. EVERYONE in all types of music have most likely been influenced in some way by this man. The man and his music will be missed…..

  5. Nancy Luber
    Nancy Luber
    March 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    My heart gos out to you ll in the country world .. I too loved the sound Vince so glad you heard him My Mother Loved you so much she always said Vince is her second son but he was so busy singing beautiful Music he doesnt have time to call she told always her walmarts friends that so cute!!! I Love you Music the best ever!! My prays to all!!! RIP Earl!!! You are in a better place !!!

  6. SubSonic
    SubSonic
    March 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Nice words, Vince. I get it too. I decided as a child (in the early 70s) after hearing Chet Atkins play that I wanted to learn to play the guitar. And I am learning it. Now. After waiting until I was 40 years old to take it up. (OK, so I did play trumpet in junior and senior high school, and learned piano as well, in college thereafter)

    Yes, those early impressions are that strong.

    May you RIP Mr Scruggs – you touched generations of people with your music and left a such legacy to future generations that it still continues today, and likely will into the foreseeable future. Go rest high – and Amen.

  7. MICHAEL PURSER
    MICHAEL PURSER
    March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Nothing better than music coming from Vince Gill’s guitar and Earl Scruggs’ banjo at the same time! I will never forget the many mesmerizing performances…especially those on Letterman! Rest in peace, Earl–thanks for the memories.

  8. Savannah Mose-Alfaraj
    Savannah Mose-Alfaraj
    March 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    When I was 16, now 25, I fell in love with Bluegrass music and Earl Scruggs was the very first banjo player I heard. I went to a local record shop and found a Flatt & Scruggs vinyl record. Since then I’ve loved Flatt & Scruggs. Earl was the best banjo picker to date. Rest in Peace Earl & God Bless!

  9. Ralph
    Ralph
    March 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I too am saddened by another GREAT pioneer of our music genre. One of the GREATEST BANJO PICKERS-EVER… Seems like every week we lose a great one. Rest in Peace Earl……

  10. Mike Lepi
    March 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Earl will be missed. He defined what a Banjo should sound like.

  11. John Van Brocklin
    John Van Brocklin
    April 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I Am sooooooooo sad about loosing Earl.He is and was my mentor. He is the reason I picked up the 5-String Banjo, and will forever be the banjoist I study. I feel like someone kicked me in the gut and the feeling won’t go away. I can’t seem to open my Banjo case. He is and will always be the greatest bluegrass banjo picker, a banjo picker’s banjo picker. I miss him, even though I can’t really call him my friend or say that I knew him. I’m glad that the music community sees how important is was, he was a true hero. Rest in peace Earl, we all Loved you. John

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