MerleFest Announces “BanjoRama” as Part of Annual Festival

MerleFest, set for April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, has announced the addition of “BanjoRama,” a one-time-only assembly of music’s top banjo players performing together Hosted by “Dr. Banjo” Pete Wernick, BanjoRama will feature renowned banjo players Jens Kruger, Sammy Shelor, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, Mark Johnson, Jim [...] Read More

Earl Scruggs’ Banjo Added to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Precious Jewels Display

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that Earl Scruggs’ Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo will become a part of their Precious Jewels display. The banjo was Earl’s primary instrument and has never before been exhibited. It will go on display July 12. The “Precious Jewels” display — located on the third floor [...] Read More

2012 Rewind: No. 3 – Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs passed away at a Nashville hospital on March 28. He popularized a three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument and inspired countless musicians. He was 88. Born in Shelby, North Carolina and raised on a farm in the Flint Hill area, Earl started playing banjo at [...] Read More

Songs from Buck Owens, Flatt & Scruggs Among GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees

The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame collection. Among the country inductees are “Act Naturally” by Buck Owens, “Bonaparte’s Retreat” by W.H. Stepp, Foggy Mountain Banjo by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys and “The Titanic” by Ernest V. ‘Pop’ Stoneman. This round of inductees [...] Read More

Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch Lead Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

The Americana Music Association has announced the 2012 nominees for the Americana Honors & Awards. The announcement took place in Los Angeles and featured performances by special guests Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Robert Ellis with the Americana All-Star band. They honored Americana icons Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson with a rendition of [...] Read More