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Jan 15, 2022 - 5:02:44 AM
7393 posts since 9/5/2006

i have looked for a long time trying to find out some of the history about the foggy mountain banjo album sessions ,, as far as why the song selection,,who was the engineer on the project .. who all was involved,, how long did it take ,,stuff like that,,
i can find very little info about the actual story behind the album.
anyone know ?

Jan 15, 2022 - 7:13:08 AM
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61534 posts since 10/5/2013

In the book “Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon” they mention that it was Louise Scruggs’ idea for that album, as were later projects. She picked out the cover artwork and did the groundwork with Columbia. Earl apparently used an RB-4 to record “Groundspeed” (some folks say it was the first tune recorded by Earl with a plastic head).

Jan 19, 2022 - 7:40:54 AM

2963 posts since 2/10/2013

Maybe checking out Louise Scrugg's would provide more information. I get the impression that Earl Scruggs was an easy going guy, and Louise managed his career and finances.

Jan 19, 2022 - 10:46:39 AM

7393 posts since 9/5/2006

earl admits that she was the driving force behind the success of flatt and scruggs. and come to find out she first rejected the beverly hillbillies offer,,fearing it would make them look backwards..but after some talking and smoozing by paul henning they recorded it and it went to #1....

Jan 20, 2022 - 7:37:19 AM



1166 posts since 4/12/2004

Below is a link to a great interview of Earl Scruggs by Terry Gross on Fresh Air in 2003.  At the 20 minute mark of the interview, Terry Gross suggests that they invite Louise to join them in the interview to discuss Flatt & Scruggs involvement in the Beverly Hillbillies TV show.

Earl Scruggs Interview On Fresh Air 

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