Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Earl Scruggs jamming with The Byrds
From the 1969 tv special, "Earl Scruggs With Family and Friends." There's a cement pond in the background. It's so great to see Earl playing with Clarence White. White was the greatest bluegrass guitarist that ever lived in my humble opinion. But he had to make a living so he played country/rock with The Byrds. There would be no Tony Rice without Clarence. What an innovator he was. Did I spell innovator right?
Clarence is the short guy with the beard and the "puffy shirt." He doesn't get to stretch much on this clip but you can hear him using the "string bender" which he invented (along with Gene Parsons) near the end of You Ain't Going Nowhere. He was killed in 1973 by a drunk driver as he was loading his equipment up after a gig. What a loss.