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.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
634 W. Fourth St. #110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic (Music in American Life) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780252084782
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Published: University of Illinois Press - September 13th, 2019

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.