I never met Earl Scruggs, but I was always a big fan. His passing is quite a loss. No one did more for the popularization of the banjo than that wonderful performer.
In 1977 I opened for Lester Flatt at Tombstone Junction in Kentucky. The youngest member of the band and I hung out all day–that was mandolin player Marty Stuart kneeling on the lower left.
What a great band that was!