March 31, 2012 – 12:53 pm

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Tennessee 1961 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Iron City,Tennessee; April 7, 1961. Excellent radio broadcast?

After leaving Bill Monroe’s band in 1948, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs went on to form Foggy Mountain Boys. According to the wikipedia, Scruggs, who had always shown progressive tendencies, experimented on duets with saxophonist King Curtis and added songs by the likes of Bob Dylan to the group’s repertoire. Flatt, a traditionalist, did not like these changes, and the group broke up in 1969. Following the breakup, Lester Flatt founded the Nashville Grass and Scruggs led the Earl Scruggs Revue. Flatt died in 1979, at the age of 64. Scruggs died on March 28, 2012 in Nashville. Flatt and Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

Thanks to hooxei for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs. Thanks also to Jpnorstad.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro (4.1MB)
Track 02. Florida Blues (1.7MB)
Track 03. I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome (3.5MB)
Track 04. Maggie Blues (4.0MB)
Track 05. Polka On A Banjo (4.7MB)
Track 06. Groundspeed (3.6MB)
Track 07. Nobody’s Business (4.0MB)
Track 08. Foggy Mountain Special (4.0MB)
Track 09. Little Darlin’ Pal Of Mine (2.2MB)
Track 10. Comedy - Jake And Josh (2.2MB)
Track 11. Crying Holy Unto The Lord (3.6MB)
Track 12. What A Friend We Have In Jesus (4.4MB)
Track 13. Cabin On A Hill (4.4MB)
Track 14. Wildwood Flower (3.5MB)
Track 15. If I Should Wander Back Tonight (3.8MB)
Track 16. Blackberry Blossom (1.9MB)
Track 17. Hot Corn Cold Corn (3.5MB)
Track 18. Sign On The Dotted Line (3.9MB)
Track 19. Sally Ann (2.6MB)
Track 20. Martha White Coupon Distribution (2.9MB)
Track 21. Outro (1.8MB)
Track 22. Nine Pound Hammer (3.2MB)
Track 23. Sally Goodin (2.3MB)

Lester Flatt - vocals, rhythm guitar
Earl Scruggs - banjo
Paul Warren - fiddle
Curley Seckler - mandolin
Uncle Josh Graves - dorbo
Cousin Jake Tullock - bass

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  1. 21 Responses to “FLATT AND SCRUGGS - TENNESSEE 1961”

  2. The Beverly Hill Billies was first my intro to the world of Flatt and Scruggs as a snotty nosed little kid, and the banjo picking in theme enthralled me. Pre web days it was hard to find good reference material outside the states so this side of my music collection has suffered. The last two posts have helped fill those gaps of a classic time in banjo music. The broadcast is indicative of its time and sounds a little corny, but what we are listening to is something that is on the threshhold of memory and history. if your foot doesn’t start tapping, its time to ring the undertaker, order the coffin, and check out of life. This post ye ha’s all the way.

    By Creatist on Mar 31, 2012

  3. 1000 Thank you’s BIG O! Y’all are THE BEST!!!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 31, 2012

  4. This recording predates their work on the Beverly Hillbillies but I’ll still set a spell and take my shoes off. I may even smoke some crawdads but I’ve pretty much given that up.

    By sking on Apr 1, 2012

  5. A BigO request.
    Next time you’re in a bluegrass mood could BigO please find and post this one:

    April 27 & 28, 1974 Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival - San Rafael, CA

    soundboard - 4 discs.

    Everybody’s there and Jerry Garcia joins ‘em all. Check it out!

    By sking on Apr 1, 2012

  6. sking … SMOKE SOME CRAWDADS!!!! INDEED!!! My favest episode and still a line that can make my Father errupt into laughter!

    Thanks for the memory, my friend!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Apr 1, 2012

  7. Smoking crawdads is still illegal in many parts of the world! My Momma is doing time.

    By Creatist on Apr 1, 2012

  8. sking - check this out -

    By darth on Apr 1, 2012

  9. sking - if u wanna do a torrent i have it for u 80 tracks. im still working on this. i found it on another site but their links were dead too. they had it on zshare.

    By darth on Apr 1, 2012

  10. Excellent. Great sound & untopable performance.

    By Timmy on Apr 1, 2012

  11. Thanks for the article darth. Lotsa info when you start following the links. As to the recording itself- I have the version that I linked to. Got it before the Megaupload crash. I just hoped that BigO could work some magic and post it here so that everyone could enjoy this.

    Thanks for the help and put down that crawdad.

    By sking on Apr 2, 2012

  12. hope this works for you all 1974 Marin County
    part 1 http://www.mediafire.com/?hkhh250fe3ii0q3
    part 2 http://www.mediafire.com/?w3cnuadttfwldvd
    part 3 http://www.mediafire.com/?uidmb72a2mwbnbx
    part 4 http://www.mediafire.com/?44ynl83lyyw9akx

    By charlie on Apr 2, 2012

  13. charlie - very nice. with all my work i couldnt manage to find this item. i finally gave up. i found it on 6 diff sites and all were dead. congrats to u. the only one i found that wasnt dead was a torrent and i didnt wish to post that here. fine job!!

    incidentally theres an official (i believe) release of flatt n scruggs at carnegie hall from 12-8-62 that i have. 32 songs. its a killer set.

    By darth on Apr 2, 2012

  14. Thanks!!!

    By jack bond on Apr 2, 2012

  15. Thanks, BigO, thanks sking, darth and, especially, Charlie for the links and the motherlode.
    Cheers guys :)

    By tony on Apr 3, 2012

  16. We all won the music lottery thanks to BigO , Charlie and Darths request .
    RIP Earl we will miss you !

    By Bruce on Apr 4, 2012

  17. Glad to help out enjoy the tunes

    By charlie on Apr 4, 2012

  18. thanks, big-O and Charlie, and all, for the links! wonderful music!!!


    By I-) on Apr 4, 2012

  19. This is the stuff! I attempt to play this kind of music, and this example of where it came from is a great treat. Ralph Stanley is the last of the first generation giants of bluegrass left, good health to him.

    By drkrick on Apr 5, 2012

  20. Thanks!

    By john on Apr 10, 2012

  21. I have an index for the posts I have done on the 1974 Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival:


    I’ll do more at some point. Fun stuff! Always looking for real bluegrass aficionados to help me with song titles and such.

    By jgmfblog on Apr 27, 2014

  22. bluegrass rocks!

    By donkey oatie on Apr 27, 2014

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