Learned about this early this morning on the news. Reposted from USA Today:
Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs, a singular talent of collective import, died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital. He was 88.
A quietly affable presence, Scruggs popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument, inspired nearly every banjo player who followed him and became a central element in what is now known as bluegrass music.
For those of you who think you may not be familiar with Scruggs’s work, you most certianly will be familiar with the below: