Lester Flatt

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Ricky Skaggs: Music is a cleansing; it's life

    Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Notable 2012 deaths in country music

    Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.

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    September 13, 2012

    Ten essential Bill Monroe facts on the 101st birthday of the father of bluegrass

    It's said that it was a sweltering early autumn day in Rosine, Kentucky when a neighbor found Malissa Vandiver Monroe in her yard, strumming away furiously on her mandolin under the shade of a tree. Malissa was very, very pregnant with her eighth and last child, a boy who would be born on September ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Earl Scruggs, bluegrass fingerpicker, passes at 88

    ​Sad, sad news today, folks. Elder statesman of country and bluegrass, banjo-player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs passed away early Wednesday morning.It's just been reported that the Country Music Hall of Famer died yesterday morning at a Nashville hospital at the age of 88. Scruggs, who along with ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Top 10 Country Breakups

    ​On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.

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    January 6, 2011

    Earl Scruggs: 10 tidbits in honor of his birthday

    ​Happy 87th birthday to Foggy Mountain Boy Earl Scruggs! Scruggs, who along with Lester Flatt formed one of the most influential bluegrass outfits of all time, was born on this day 1924 in the small town of Flint Hill, North Carolina, and by the age of 21 was showcasing his syncopated, three-f ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Toby Keith meet-and-greet, Trailer Choir, and Marty Stuart this weekend

    ​Many of us, our friends over at Hot Dish not excluded, have buzzed about Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, which opened earlier this summer in St. Louis Park. "I hear they have a mechanical bull!" "Mechanical bull?!?" "Down-home Southern comfort food? Say what?" "Will Toby really put a bo ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2004

    The Monroe Doctrine

    Appalachia springs eternal on Columbia's bluegrass boxed set

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    August 18, 1999