It was 70 years ago today, December 8, 1945, when 21 year-old Earl Scruggs and his guitar-playing pal Lester Flatt joined Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Scruggs’ revolutionary style of banjo picking, in concert with Flatt’s extraordinary guitar work and Monroe’s singular mandolin, set music on a new course that would forever be known as bluegrass music. Or, as Mr. Monroe liked to call it, “My music.”
Bluegrass lovers around the world owe these men a great debt for creating this unrivaled sound.
“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.” – Bill Monroe
Pictured left to right: Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music; Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs
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