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Zach Remembers Earl Scruggs [VIDEO], Creative Commons License, jeffturner

In addition to country music, I absolutely love bluegrass music. When I think of bluegrass, I think of Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Del McCoury Band, and, of course, the one and only Earl Scruggs. When you think of great banjo players, he’s at the top of the list. In my eyes, nobody can top his banjo playing skills. So, I was definitely saddened to hear of his death. He was definitely a legend.

Earl Scruggs recorded many, many memorable songs during his lifetime. Do you remember the “The Beverly Hillbillies” theme song? Well, Earl recorded that theme song along with Lester Flatt and Jerry Scoggins. His discography, which spanned from 1967 to 2007, ┬áis extremely impressive, too. One of my favorite albums was the “Three Pickers” album. It featured him with Ricky Scaggs and Doc Watson, and it hit number two on the Bluegrass chart. Great stuff.

In honor of a great musician and amazing banjo player, here’s one of my favorite songs from him, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” This bluegrass classic is sure to get your feet tappin’. He will be greatly missed.

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Here’s Earl playing the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies”–the title of the song itself is “The Ballad of Jed Clampett.”

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