The winner is Paula Moskowitz
Additional Bowden Comments
Congrats to this week’s winner!
Only Lester Flatt (and his wife Gladys) worked in Charlie Monroe’s band, prior to joining Bill and the Blue Grass Boys in 1945.
Neither Lester nor Earl worked on the Opry prior to joining the Blue Grass Boys.
Neither worked at Oak Ridge.
Earl was from North Carolina. Lester was from Tennessee.
It is correct that both started out as boys picking on banjos! Lester gave up quickly on finding it too hard, and switched to guitar. But his family was full of banjo players — like Earl’s.
Neither were veterans.
It is correct that they both worked in textile mills during the war. Our “essential industries” in today’s Covid pandemic are echoes of the “essential war industries” in WWII. Earl’s work in the Lily Mill in Shelby NC earned him enough to support his widowed mother. Lester (and his wife Gladys) migrated as far as Virginia to work in textile mills. Of course, the textile industry was very nearly the predominant factory job in the South at that time.
So the correct answer was J, E&G. As I said, this was a hard one.