Earl ScruggsEarl Scruggs
(born January 6
) created a banjo
style that is one of the defining characteristics of bluegrass
. He joined Bill Monroe
's Blue Grass Boys in late 1945 and his syncopated, three-finger picking style quickly became a sensation. In 1948 he left Monroe's band and formed Flatt and Scruggs
with guitarist Lester Flatt
, who had also just left the Blue Grass Boys. In 1968, Flatt and Scruggs
broke up and Scruggs started a new band, the Earl Scruggs Revue, featuring several of his sons.
Flatt and Scruggs won a Grammy award in 1968 for Scruggs' instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". In 2002 Scruggs won a second Grammy award, for a new recording of that same tune.