Savannah Music Festival LIVE 748 – Earls of Leicester – Part One


When you talk about the history of bluegrass music, the names “Earl” and “Lester” are always prevalent, since they led one of the greatest groups, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band was founded in 1948 by guitarist Lester Flatt, who had been a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Flatt brought banjo player Earl Scruggs with him shortly after leaving Monroe to create a lineup that music historians generally view as one of greatest bluegrass bands of all time. In this episode, we listen to the music of Flatt & Scruggs as interpreted by the Earls of Leicester, an ensemble of Flatt & Scruggs devotees led by dobro master Jerry Douglas. This is part one of a two-part show highlighting the Earls’ 2015 performance at the Trustees Theater during the 2015 Savannah Music Festival.