Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rest In Peace, Mr. Earl Scruggs!! You Will Be Missed!

Yesterday, March 28, 2012, the world lost a great musician and singer, Mr. Earl Scruggs.

If you're thinking to yourself that you don't know who he is/was, you're probably wrong.

Do you recognize the lyrics listed below?:

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin' at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude.

That's right, that's the first verse to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", also known as the theme song to the classic TV show, "The Beverly Hillbillies".  Mr. Scruggs, along with Lester Flatt and Jerry Scroggins recorded this song back in 1962.

Mr. Flatt and Mr. Scruggs even appeared on "The Beverly Hillbillies" in several episodes as family friends of the Clampetts.

In their first appearance, they portray themselves in the show and perform both the theme song and "Pearl Pearl Pearl".

While reading up on Mr. Scruggs, I found that he (along with Lester Flatt) was a part of  Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.  For those not familiar with Bill Monroe, he is known as "The Father of Bluegrass", because he created the style of music known as Bluegrass. 

In 1948 Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt left Monroe's band and formed the "Foggy Mountain Boys", also later known simply as "Flatt and Scruggs".  In 1969, they broke up, and Scruggs started a new band, the "Earl Scruggs Revue", featuring several of his sons.

So, why did I decide to write a blog post about Mr. Scruggs?  Well, because thanks to Brett, I like Bluegrass music.  I'm not a huge Country music fan, but Bluegrass is a little different in my opinion.  I like the sounds of the banjos and fiddles.  You hardly ever hear a sad song with a banjo.

I was going to share an up to date recording of me doing a song in honor of Mr. Scruggs, but Mother Nature and her friends called "allergies" had other plans.  Instead, I dug into the archives of my recordings and found a couple of versions of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".

The first one is in the style of Loretta Lynn and the second is in the style of Jimmy Martin.  I'm sharing both because I couldn't decide which on that I liked better.  I decided to set up a poll and let you readers decide which one y'all like the best.

The poll is below the recordings, so once you've listened to each version, please answer the poll question.

In the Style of Loretta Lynn:

In the Style of Jimmy Martin:

  • Loretta Lynn's
  • Jimmy Martin's
  • I Can't Decide.
  • I Like Both Versions.
  • I Don't Care For Either One.

If you would like to leave me a comment about my recordings, please do so!! I love hearing from my readers!!!

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my recordings and to answer my poll!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!