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EARL SCRUGGS AND FRIENDS

By Angus Batey for The Times in the U.K.
August 25, 2001
thetimes.co.uk

EARL SCRUGGS AND FRIENDS
Earl Scruggs and Friends

(MCA Nashville)

SCRUGGS INVENTED the rolling style of banjo-picking that helped to define the sound of downhome country music. Now aged 77, this is his first album since 1984. The maestro is joined by a stellar cast that includes Elton John (Country Comfort), Sting (Fill Her Up) and the actor Billy Bob Thornton (a hip-hop-meets-Tom Waits reading of Ring of Fire). The feel is warm and familial throughout; all egos have been left at the door and a shared love of music and a respect for a master musician lie at the heart of this understated, classy record. Angus Batey
(rating: xxxx)

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