Earl Scruggs Center

Earl Scruggs Center

We played a concert recently at the beautiful Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC.

The Earl Scruggs Center combines the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, with the unique and engaging story of the history and cultural traditions of the region in which Mr. Scruggs was born and raised. It was in the nearby Flint Hill community where Mr. Scruggs learned to play banjo and began the three-finger playing style that has come to be known around the world as “Scruggs Style.” - The Earl Scruggs Center

Earl Scruggs Center

We were joined by The Moore Brothers from Hickory, NC.  These young men make a dynamic trio.  We've watched them grow up and grow into their music.  They have a tremendously talented.

My brother Billy playing "The Flinthill Special" in memory of Earl Scruggs.

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  • #27797

    John Cockman
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    What an honor to play at The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC.  Shelby is home to the late Earl Scruggs, known for popularizing the three-finger style banjo.

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    #27798

    Kaeleigh
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    Such a pretty place, and such amazing musicianship!

    #27802

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It was! I am mostly posting this concert to give a shout out to the Moore Brothers. We’ve known them since they were babies!

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    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    Wow that was smoking hot John, your family is amazing ! I am a big fan :O)
    Now those Moore brothers if they even tried to get any Moore faster …lol
    you think they could get Moore faster? :O)
    Just kidding…
    Great stuff John , solid ! Thats cool you have seen the Moore brothers since babies and how they must of just got better and better, I imagine they will be as solid as The Cockmans in some years yet :O)
    Congrats on the honorable gig for sure” The Earl Scruggs Center” must of loved you all as well .
    GU

    #27812

    Bruce
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing the video.  What a talented family.  I knew Ben was an award winning flat picker but , wow, he really burned the mando on that song.  I play the mando a lot but like my fiddling,  I will never be close to the Cockman clan.

     

     

    #27815

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hahaha Gu if they get any Moore talented I am going to break their fingers.

    Bruce, I agree — Ben can shred the mandolin as easily as the guitar. That was actually the first time Ben and I had played the song, so we are just doing some nondescript improvising. Billy decided to do the “Flint Hill Special” that night to honor the memory of Earl, then started giving me the eye during the “tuning” part to let me know my break was next. Thanks a LOT, little bro. 🙂

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    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    And was an amazing brake ! ?, I could totally feel it and got the Billy eye part anticipating your brake, man… Very tight family ,So smooth and rockin !
    Thanks again .” Flint Hill special” very well done !
    Braking fingers is really actually one of my reacting nightmares, nothing Moore scary then that.
    As I’m sure they wouldn’t agree Moore…lol
    Gu

    #27861

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha I can imagine having nightmares about that.

    A sad note — Billy fell off his roof last week and broke his wrist. We had a few concerts, so all he did was sing. We hired our nephew Samuel to play mandolin with us to fill the sound out. It won’t be the same until Billy is able to pick the banjo again!

    #27863
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    Aww, so sorry to hear that, poor Billy, that is a total nightmare , hope he heals fast and swiftly , Godspeed . Nice you could have Samual fill in but yeah no way that replaces banjo or Billy.
    Their must be some kind of God given ointment that he could put on religiously like twice daily! That could help ease the pain or quicken the healing .
    Take care Billy,
    Gu

    #27871
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    Wasn’t aware that Earl had died.   Been a fan of his for decades and studied his banjo for many happy hours and have collected Flatt & Scruggs records, tapes and cd’s for almost 40 years.   Saw them mentioned just the other day in the Gene Autry museum in Gene Autry , Okla.   Gene seemed to enjoy them  too.

    #27883

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the well-wishes. Billy is having surgery tomorrow and I’m sure he would appreciate your prayers.

    Earl Scruggs basically invented the bluegrass banjo. In my opinion, he had as much influence on the genre as Bill Monroe.

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