Earl Scruggs in 2005.
|Birth name||Earl Eugene Scruggs|
January 6, 1924|
Cleveland County, North Carolina–Flint Hill community near Boiling Springs, NC, U.S.
|Origin||Shelby, North Carolina, United States|
|Died||March 28, 2012
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Genres||Bluegrass, country, gospel|
|Instruments||5-string banjo, guitar|
|Labels||MCA Nashville Records|
|Associated acts||Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Flatt and Scruggs, Earl Scruggs Revue|
|A 1934 Gibson Granada previously owned by Don Reno and Snuffy Jenkins, and “Nellie”, a 1935 Gibson RB-3 flathead|
He used to have a tent show, a little tent show, and I thought I was going to get a job working one year on the tent show, but he closed it down and I never got to go out there, but anyway, he had a sax and played drums.
I don't like to travel as much as I have in the past, but it's good for my soul to get to pick, especially with these good musicians and these guys that play so well.
She was a great lady. We raised three boys, were together as long as she lived, and now she's passed on.
I worked with a guy, I can't think of his name, him and his wife, and one of them had a saxophone and the other played drums. It wasn't a regular job but I did a few gigs around home with them.
I enjoy doing new tunes. It gives me a little bit to perk up, to pay a little bit more attention.
That was one of the best, exciting things for me to play with them. They were very young and eager to go. I'd been playing with a band that was mostly old folks that had been together so long we couldn't do anything to excite each other.
I know she would want me to still do what I'm doing, because she kept me going a lot of times when I'd almost lose interest in getting out on the road.
You know you can get gaudy with something, and they didn't do that. To me, I think it's very tasteful, well done, with the silver and gold and the engraving. I think it's very tasteful.