Well folks, when we heard about banjo legend Earl Scruggs passing away last week we had a moment of silence. And then we went right back to picking, because that’s how bluegrass works. Join us to celebrate Earl’s life and music the best way we know how.
Wednesday, April 4
The Bluegrass Country Jam
Hosted by Jeanie and Chuck
At the Plough and Stars
116 Clement Street
8:30 – 11
Free/21 and over
Earl had a great life and inspired countless individuals over successive generations to pick up the five-string and make some bluegrass music. He popularized the music throughout the world, playing first with Bill Monroe and then striking out with Lester Flatt to go on to national and international fame. Always modest about his personal accomplishments, he frequently said his greatest thrill in music was playing with his three sons in the Earl Scruggs Revue.
Earl and his wife Louise, who passed a few years ago, were devoted to each other and were partners in every sense of the word. Louise’s shrewd management helped Flatt and Scruggs land the lucrative Martha White Flour sponsorship, and she recognized the huge potential in urban and college-age audiences during the folk music boom of the 50s and 60s. Quite a gal, that Louise.
Speaking of which…We’re encouraging all you bluegrass picking femmes to join our jam. For some unspoken reason, you haven’t been around the last few months. Was it something we said? Was it something we didn’t say? We know you’re out there because we’ve seen you before. We’ll make sure all the guys are clean and well-groomed. Fart jokes and sportstalk will be allowed only outside the bar.
Ladies, puhleeese! We need your talent and your energy to keep our jam going and growing. So slap on some new strings and come on down. If you’ve got a favorite Flatt and Scruggs number, now’s the time to whip it out.