| Aug 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column: First thing in the morning on Aug. 18, 2003 — 10 years ago Sunday — I stumbled bleary-eyed but eager to my desk in the attic and, with a few keystrokes, uploaded the following to the Tribune's......
| Jul 2, 2013
| 5:30 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Word that bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs' Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo is heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum here gives all the more reason to visit the shrine. On a recent Saturday morning, the line already...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Chicago has gotten its bluegrass due with this year's Grammy nominations. Noam Pikelny and Greg Cahill — two players with strong local connections — are competing in the best bluegrass album category.
Pikelny, a Skokie native currently based...
| May 22, 2013
| 5:32 AM
Actor Steve Martin is no stranger to bluegrass. A banjo player since he was 17, Martin has performed with the legendary Earl Scruggs, received a Grammy for his 2009 debut music album, “The Crow,” and stood on the stage at Nashville’s...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 4:42 PM
With apologies to Les Paul, Eric Clapton or any other guitar hero you could name, it would be well nigh impossible to find anyone who singularly became identified with a musical genre and a particular instrument more than Earl Scruggs. Scruggs and his...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 6:26 AM
Earl Scruggs, whose distinctive picking style and association with Lester Flatt cemented bluegrass music's place in popular culture, died Wednesday of natural causes at a Nashville hospital, his son Gary Scruggs said. He was 88.
"I realize his popularity...
| Mar 29, 2012
Bluegrass legend and banjo innovator Earl Scruggs died of natural causes on March 28 at a Nashville hospital. He was 88-years-old.
Scruggs' son, Gary Scruggs who played the bass guitar with his father, said that he had been in failing health for some...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 4:59 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
Glen "Big Baby" Davis is a living, breathing, jump-shooting, bird-shooting example of why there is a growing disconnect between fans and professional athletes. Davis was fined $35,000 earlier this week for...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 8:43 AM
Earl Scruggs died last week and though not a Kentucky boy, his banjo playing was so elemental to what we now know as bluegrass that it defines our indigenous music.
There is much more that defined the man, but most important is the hard picking banjo...
| May 21, 2012
| 10:23 AM
It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 1:05 AM
LOS ANGELES - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St., Bill Cosby's I Started Out as a Child comedy album and musicologist Harry Smith's widely influential Anthology of American Folk Music...