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Earl Scruggs and Friends

  • 1. Country Comfort
    2. Borrowed Love
    3. Ring of Fire
    4. True Love Never Dies
    5. Angels, The
    6. Fill Her Up
    7. Foggy Mountain Breakdown - (Paul Shaffer/Marty Stuart)
    8. Somethin' Just Ain't Right
    9. I Found Love
    10. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
    11. Passin' Thru
    12. Foggy Mountain Rock / Foggy Mountain Special
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 170 189

  • Credits
    ProducerRandy Scruggs
    EngineerRon "Snake" Reynolds

    Personnel includes: Earl Scruggs (banjo); Randy Scruggs (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Dwight Yoakam (vocals, acoustic guitar); Melissa Etheridge (vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar); Vince Gill (vocals, guitar); Gary Scruggs (vocals, harmonica); Elton John (vocals, piano); Sting (vocals, bass); John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Billy Bob Thornton, Travis Tritt, Rosanne Cash (vocals); Marty Stewart (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Albert Lee, John Jorgenseon (guitar); Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Steve Martin (banjo); Glen Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Paul Shaffer (piano); Leon Russell (organ); Dave Pomeroy, Leland Sklar (bass); Kenny Aronoff, Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Harry Stinson (drums).
    Recorded in part at Scruggs Sound Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Louise Scruggs.
    "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
    Earl Scruggs practically invented the word banjo, and perhaps because of that he can count some of the most elite musicians among his "friends": Elton John, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, and the list goes on. In a career that spans 50 years, Scruggs' five-string banjo stylings have helped to define American music. Here, on this 12-track compilation produced by son Randy, those banjo stylings can be heard in the same folk-based music he's known for, and also combined with a fresh and unequaled range of material that comes with having so many varied and dissimilar artists involved. Every song has a unique story to tell, but is always brandished with that distinctive Scruggs polish. ~ Maria Konicki Dinoia

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/13/01, p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A likable pop album with bluegrass shadings...Scruggs retreats into tasteful accompaniment...albeit a particularly stellar one..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.93) - "...A quality-filled, rock-tinged country jam..."
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