A Tribute To Earl Scruggs: Billy Connolly Plays ‘Cripple Creek’

Earl Scruggs (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

The magnificent Earl Scruggs, bluegrass banjo player and (with his late partner Lester Flatt) country music cornerstone, passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

As the influence of his music reached all over the world, leaving pockets of bluegrass enthusiasts tying their fingers in knots trying to emulate his dextrous playing, allow us to present a very British tribute.

Here’s Billy Connolly, comedian and banjo enthusiast, blamming out Earl’s “Cripple Creek” a year ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEwmJabj2LY

 

 

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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