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Earl Scruggs

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Earl Scruggs And Friends - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Earl Scruggs

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Earl Scruggs And Lester Flatt - Cripple Creek

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Steve Martin & Earl Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

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Vintage Josh Graves with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

Earl Eugene Scruggs was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called "Scruggs style," which is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. His three-finger style of playing was radically different from the usual ways in which the five-string banjo had traditionally been played. He popularized the instrument in several genres of music and elevated the banjo from its role as a background rhythm instrument, or a comedian's prop, into featured solo status.