Earl Scruggs

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    June 16, 2014

    Béla Fleck visits Denver to talk about his new documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concerto

    When world-renowned banjo player Béla Fleck was commissioned to write his first banjo concerto, he knew it would be a long, deep and challenging experience. The master musician decided to film the yearlong journey, and the result is Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto, a very personal look a ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    R.I.P. Earl Scruggs, 6/26/24 - 3/28/12

    Redefining an instrument and creating a new genre are rare musical feats, creative accomplishments that come once in a generation, at best. The death of Earl Eugene Scruggs on Wednesday at the age of 88 marked the passing of such an innovator, an American artist who built a brand new sound out of fo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    The best and worst of sitcoms starring musicians

    We feel the same way about you, Fred Durst.​The bad news is that Snoop Dogg is getting a sitcom, a no-doubt hackneyed affair starring the Doggfather as a patriarch with his mind on his family and his family on his mind. The even worse news is that Limp Bizkit front-penis Fred Durst is apparent ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Bohemian Nights at New West Fest kicks off tonight in Fort Collins runs all weekend

    ​If you ever needed an excuse to head north to Fort Collins besides the many fine breweries there, how about the Bohemian Nights at New West Fest? The free, three day festival is bringing in an eclectic batch of talent, starting with Flobots August 20. They'll be followed by Earth, Wind & Fire ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    February 10, 2010

    Q&A with Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo

    While our profile on Pete Wernick in this week's issue primarily focused on the duality of his roles in his bluegrass/jazz group Flexigrass and with the traditional bluegrass act Long Road Home, Wernick also discussed a number of other things including: what good bluegrass is, his introduction and t ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    This Just In 12/25-12/31/08

    Steve Earl & the Bluegrass Dukes will be one of the many acts at next summer's RockyGrass.Steve Earl & the Bluegrass Dukes, Hot Rize, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch Band are among the many acts announced for the initial line-up for the 37th Annual RockyGrass festival, which wil ... More >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2007

    Pete Wernick

    Bluegrass legend Dr. Banjo is still plucking after all these years.

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    October 31, 2007

    Q&A With Pete Wernick of Flexigrass

    Nick Hutchinson recently had the chance to chat with legendary bluegrass purveyor Pete Wernick about his influences, how he got his nickname and the difference between playing with Hot Rize and with Flexigrass. We ran a few highlights from their conversation in the November 1 issue, and here, in the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Zup's On

    Armando Zuppa serves up a steaming bowl of alphabet newgrass.

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    October 6, 2005


    Druhá Tráva won't be a pawn in the bluegrass game.

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    September 15, 2005

    Wild and Crazy

    Local twanger Pete Wernick is ready for the national spotlight.

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Open Road the life (Rounder)

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    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    Folk Explosion

    The Waybacks strike a chord with fans of old-timey music.

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Heating Up

    After losing a founding member, Leftover Salmon decides to swim rather than sink.

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Hit Pick

    Live Five

  • Music

    August 15, 2002

    More Local Color

    Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    The Picking's Good

    Doc Watson has played across five decades of bluegrass music.

  • Music

    April 18, 2002

    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Will the Circle be Unbroken (Capitol)

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Kind of Blue

    Multi-talented songwriter Laurie Lewis makes music with an ear toward tradition. But she's not afraid to break rules.

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    The Circle Is Unbroken

    O Brother's success revealed Norman Blake's genius to a wide audience. Bluegrass fans have seen it all along.

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    The Pickin's Good

    Italy's New Country Kitchen serves up a tasty helping of authentic American-style bluegrass.

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Trischka's Treat

    The banjo champion makes music that's finger-pickin' good.

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    February 12, 1998

    Color Him Bluegrass

    Del McCoury is one of the masters of a great American art form.

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    January 31, 1996



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    May 3, 1995