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Foggy Mountain Boys: The Best Bluegrass Band

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Two talented artists, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, made bluegrass the most famous genre in such a way that not even Bill Monroe, who invented the sound, would have ever done it. In regards to their skills, Flatt was a vocalist and guitar player from Tennessee, while Scruggs was a fabulous banjo player from North Carolina. Indeed, bluegrass music has reached lots of popularity worldwide, being part of the mainstream in the music industry. This duo added a unique sound to the genre, which was called by one critic as “overdrive.”

In view of their artistic skills, they soon formed a band that according to many people’s opinion was one of the best, having Cedric Rainwater on bass and Chubby Wise on fiddle. Then, a later band with Josh Graves on dobro, Paul Warren on fiddle was also extraordinary. Thanks to Foggy Mountain Boys, bluegrass reached lots of international recognition. During 1948 and 1969, Flatt and Scruggs took separate ways to achieve different musical directions; nevertheless, they continue being the bluegrass band, as a result of their constant appearances on TV and movies.

Another aspect that contributed to the success is the fact that they sang and played, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the show’s theme song and the first bluegrass song that topped the country charts. It is important to highlight that the glorious folk revival allowed Flatt and Scruggs to attract a different audience, people who were educated and urban. These artists were even best-known when the movie Bonnie and Clyde was a great hit. Flatt and Scruggs were more prominent than other bluegrass groups of excellent quality because of their talent and their 1948 sound, which was better than others. However, most importantly was the presence of Earl Scruggs in Foggy Mountain Boys, who reinvented the banjo with his three-finger picking. In 1985, they were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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