Raleigh News & Observer: 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' begins our 'Bluegrass for Beginners'

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By David Menconi – If you were to try to describe bluegrass music to someone who had never heard it, you could talk for hours and probably still not do it justice. But here’s an easier solution: Just play the dozen tracks in our “Bluegrass For Beginners” playlist, and that will do as a rough neophyte’s guide to the genre.

It won’t make you an expert, but it’s a start on learning the style’s building blocks – which will come in handy leading up to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass” festival. We’ll do a song per day, concluding on Sept. 22, when our special IBMA preview section will roll out.

And here is our first selection, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” written by Shelby native Earl Scruggs in 1949. Say the phrase “bluegrass instrumental,” and for most people this is probably what comes to mind. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” has been covered by virtually everyone in bluegrass, but the best version is by Flatt & Scruggs. This version is from the Grand Ole Opry, circa 1965.


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Mumford Pays Homage to Undisputed King of String Band World, Del McCoury

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The Del McCoury Band is currently in Guthrie, Oklahoma with Mumford and Sons at their Gentlemen of the Roadfestival! Night one of Gentlemen of the Road was one for the books with Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) and Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) sitting in for The Del McCoury Bands first set. Also sitting in for the bands set were Larry Kell, Danny Barnes and Mumford fiddler Ross Holmes. Proof again that you never know who is going to show up when Del plays!

In 2012 Mumford and Sons began hosting our Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, a global series of events in small cities and towns around the world. They spent months selecting unique places, creating venues, building the lineups, planning the aftershows, and getting to know the local people who helped make the whole thing work. The results were some of the most amazing and memorable shows they have ever played – and, they’ve played a lot of shows! Mumford and Sons hope those of you who made it had as much fun as they did.

Please read the full article here: http://www.cybergrass.com/node/2907

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Earl Scruggs Center sets opening day

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Final preparations for Earl Scruggs Center underway; celebration scheduled

By Matthew Tessnear
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 22:37 PM.


SHELBY — Jan. 11, 2014, will be a historic day in Cleveland County.

That’s the day the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center, a state-of-the-art interactive history museum named for the famed native musician, will be celebrated, organizing group Destination Cleveland County announced Thursday.

The celebration will be the culmination of nearly a decade of work by DCC, the organization also responsible for launching the Don Gibson Theatre.

The center itself — which will be inside the old courthouse on the uptown Shelby square — is expected to open to visitors in late November or early December, said JT Scruggs, a DCC representative and nephew of the late Earl.

“We’ve taken our local history and are making it live,” said Brownie Plaster, DCC chairwoman, referencing the center’s focus on both Cleveland County and Southern American history. “That’s what this is all about. Our goal is the economic impact and vitality of the community. You only get one chance to do a project like this right, and we’re oh so close.”

Source: Gaston Gazette - http://www.gastongazette.com/news/local/final-preparations-for-earl-scruggs-center-underway-celebration-scheduled-1.195074?ot=hmg.PrintPageLayout.ot&print=photo

Big Bluegrass Night at Music City Roots

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I don’t suppose August is anybody’s favorite month, whether it be blazing hot or damp and fetid, as it is this year here in Tennessee. But it does come with a few perks. Congress goes home where people yell at them. That’s nice. Baseball races get exciting and football gets started. And we at Roots get to throw one of our favorite happenings of the year, as we invite the bluegrass community out to the Loveless Barn for the announcements of who’s nominated to win IBMA Awards when they’re handed out on September 26 in Raleigh, NC. That special press conference, featuring Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale, will go out over our webcast at 5 pm central time on Wednesday. Then at 7 we host our biggest bluegrass themed show of the year, with a simply stellar lineup of old friends and favorites.

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Dear Nation: Empty profiles are a drag.

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Hey folks

We’ve seen some nice growth to the Bluegrass Nation membership in recent weeks and lots more activity on the Facebook page and that’s all great news. But I’m baffled by all the profiles I visit with NO content on the page. Y’all took the time to set up a profile (all of 1.5 minutes right?) but then left your “wall” blank! You may be under the impression that you have to do a big first post or figure out the interface to get something going and start a conversation. But no! Just browse around the site and use the Pick It button. That puts that article, video, link or photo on your wall for all of us to see. Then I can figure out a little bit about you. A blank wall is like a blank stare! Who are you poeple?


Craig H