Stream an Exclusive Track from Upcoming Earl Scruggs Tribute Foggy Mountain Special

Juli Thanki | May 16th, 2012

Scruggs_FoggyMountain_0638rgbFew artists have changed the landscape of music like Earl Scruggs, whose three-fingered banjo technique has become an integral element of bluegrass. In a few weeks, an album featuring just a few of the myriad  musicians he influenced will finally see the light of day.

In the works since 2006, Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs will be released June 5 on Rounder Records. Some of bluegrass music’s most masterful banjo players – J.D. Crowe, Tony Trischka, Charlie Cushman, Jim Mills, and several others – can be found on the project, which was finally finished this winter. It’s a celebration of Scruggs’ sound as well as a fine memorial in wake of his passing.

“Foggy Mountain Special,” the third track on the album, was recorded back in 2008 and features Ron Block on banjo, Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, and Barry Bales. We’ve got an exclusive stream of the song below; give a listen and let us know what you think.

  1. Ben Foster
    May 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Sounds like a keeper!

  2. Saving Country Music
    May 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Sweet!

  3. Rick
    May 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I’m glad this project is on the Rounder label and not some name big name Nashville label trying to cash in on Earl’s recent passing.

    Its too bad they couldn’t raise Don Reno from the dead to contribute to this project! Oh well.

    That sample track is some mighty tasty pickin’. I may have to check this one out on Amazon at some point.

  4. Jon
    May 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Exclusive stream, I suppose, but the track’s been out in the wild for about 3 years now, having appeared on a Rounder “Bluegrass Unlimited” sampler back in 2009.

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