EARL SCRUGGS WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS 'Live At The Ryman'

EARL SCRUGGS WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS 'Live At The Ryman'

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It is certainly wonderful to see Earl Scruggs still making records at the age of 83. Earl made his first appearance on the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 1945 as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, and with the late Lester Flatt fronted the wonderful Foggy Mountain Boys on that stage from 1953 until 1969. This new CD was recorded live in June of 2007: a bit of quick arithmetic reminds us that there is a 62 year association between Earl and the Opry stage: all we can say is “WOW” (and don’t we all wish we could have been in the Ryman audience for just one of those 1945 shows (or even a 1954 show!)). As far as this new record goes, we’re sure this was a “feel good” occasion for all concerned and they picked out some good songs & tunes (18 of them), but do not expect the kind of music you would have heard 40 or 50 years ago: Earl can still pick (listen to LONESOME REUBEN and STEP IT UP & GO), and he’s joined by some good sidemen including Rob Ickes on dobro, Hoot Hester on fiddle, and Jon Randall on some vocals, but the addition of clarinet, electric guitar and the unrelenting percussion really dilutes the music for this listener and very likely will limit the enjoyment for many who idolize this living legend. SALTY DOG BLUES, EARL’S BREAKDOWN, SOLDIER’S JOY, BLACK MT. BLUES, DOIN’ MY TIME, IN THE PINES, YOU ARE MY FLOWER, FOGGY MT. BREAKDOWN, etc.

Artists:

  • EARL ROB ICKES
  • RANDY SCRUGGS
  • JOHN JORGENSON
  • JON RANDALL
  • GARY SCRUGGS
  • HOOT HESTER
  • JOHN GARDNER

Track Listing:

  • SALTY DOG BLUES
  • BORROWED LOVE
  • EARL'S BREAKDOWN
  • STREAMLINED CANNONBALL
  • YOU AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE
  • SOLDIER'S JOY
  • IN THE PINES
  • DOIN' MY TIME
  • SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD
  • SALLY GOODING
  • FOGGY MOUNTAIN ROCK
  • YOU ARE MY FLOWER
  • BOUND IN JAIL ALL NIGHT LONG
  • BALCK MOUNTAIN BLUES
  • STEP IT UP AND GO
  • BALLAD OF JED CLAMPETT
  • FOGGY MOUNTASIN BREAKDOWN
  • LONESOME RUBEN