Then and Now: Flatt & Scruggs

Flatt and Scruggs are the other fathers of bluegrass. Earl Scruggs’ banjo playing—with his signature three-finger style—practically reinvented the instrument, while Lester Flatt’s singing and songwriting set a bedrock for the genre in the 1950s. Naturally, many of their greatest hits have stuck, and their repertoire remains constantly in rotation for modern bluegrass performers. From Carl Jackson to Tim O’Brien, Flatt and Scruggs’ music lives on well into the 21st century in the performances of the genre’s modern leaders. Enjoy this playlist of Flatt and Scruggs’ best tunes and songs—then and now!

David Chernack

David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.

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