Song of the Day: Flatt & Scruggs, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Earl Scruggs, one-half of the duet of Flatt & Scruggs and the man who popularlized the three-finger banjo-picking style in bluegrass now called "Scruggs style," would be 97 today. He and Lester Flatt both started with Bill Monroe, but left because of the grueling travel schedule, and soon became the front men for The Foggy Mountain Boys. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was their second single, from 1949 (this is that version). Flatt & Scruggs would gain even greater recognition in 1962, with "The Ballad Of Jeff Clampett."

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Flatt & Scruggs, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

  1. Living where I do I have heard of them all my life but yea…I remember seeing them on The Beverly Hillbillies…

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  2. I do love this even though it is considered hillbilly music. I can hear the Green Acres style and wow this man is so very talented. I love it!

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  3. Flatt & Scruggs were terrific. My dad was big into bluegrass- that is how I was turned on to them.

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    1. I was a city kid, but we’d hear them every week on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and when “Hee Haw” started, they had all kinds of country, including bluegrass on occasion. I was into all kinds of music: top 40, rock, jazz, country, blues, big band, “beautiful” etc.

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