Lecture Night: The Music of Earl Scruggs
Thomas (Tommy) Goldsmith is a North Carolina-born journalist and musician based in Raleigh. His new book, Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic, contains deep historical research, exclusive interviews with bluegrass banjo master Scruggs, and talks with acoustic stars Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Mac Wiseman, and Jesse McReynolds.
Douglas Green calls Goldsmith's book "thoroughly researched, elegantly written . . . a superb study of a tune, a man, and the creation of a highly distinctive American musical style. Loaded with information and interpretation, its warm, personable style makes for a compelling and insightful read."
Join us to hear from Goldsmith about legendary bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs. Goldsmith previously worked as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and music journalist. His work has appeared in Billboard, the Journal of Country Music, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Country Song Roundup, and his book The Bluegrass Reader won the International Bluegrass Music Association's journalist of the year award in 2004.
Lecture Night is free and open to the public.
Recorded in 1949, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" changed the face of American music. Earl Scruggs's instrumental essentially transformed the folk culture that came before it while helping to energize bluegrass's entry into the mainstream in the 1960s.