Renowned banjo man Earl Scruggs, member of Bill Monroe's Foggy Mountain Boys Blue Grass Boys, and innovator of three-finger banjo picking, aka "Scruggs Style," died yesterday of natural causes at 88.
Scruggs was known for his smooth, unflappable playing style and lightning-quick licks, and is known around my house as the "original gangster." His many performances on the Grand Ole Opry and his long-standing collaboration with guitarist Lester Flatt made him a country music star, and his epic career--eventually incorporating his two sons--made him a legend. NPR has a nice story here.
RIP Earl Scruggs. And for those of you who've never seen the man break it down, here's Scruggs' two-time Grammy-award winning "Foggy Mountain Breakdown":