Earl Scruggs died on Wednesday. Scruggs was a North Carolina native like me. He is the inventor of the finger picking style go banjo playing. Anyone who plays banjo in this style has Scruggs to thank. Before him, banjos were just background rhythm instruments.
Although I listened to some country growing up, I didn't quite get around to listening to Earl Scrugs. But, Uunbeknownst to me, I was familiar with his work. I grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Apparently Scruggs is the banjoist on the theme song. I loved this show and the theme song.
Rest in Peace, Earl Scruggs.