Latest News Wires Legendary musician Earl Scruggs remembered for revolutionary banjo playing style

Earl Scruggs partnered with some of the greatest musicians in bluegrass and country music throughout his career to create indelible memories.

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone or Hank Williams' heartbreak.