The Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show series is drawn from programs that aired during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Never available before, these shows feature Flatt & Scruggs in their prime with their group the Foggy Mountain Boys, playing many of their most famous songs as well as many other bluegrass classics. The shows have a great down-home feel with their easygoing demeanor and warm humor, both of which complement the music to produce a thoroughly entertaining show.
Volume 4 in the series features an undated show, possibly from mid-1961, and one from March 1962. Making his TV debut on the latter is Randy Lynn Scruggs, Earl’s second son, who would go on to become one of Nashville’s most sought-after producers and session players. Randy Lynn plays autoharp (Maybelle Carter’s, no less!) on “Wildwood Flower” and “Homestead on the Farm” (a.k.a. “I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home”).
Other highlights of this volume include “Salty Dog Blues,” “Nine Pound Hammer,” “Shady Grove,” Paul Warren’s fiddle solo “Cacklin’ Hen,” and two guest performances by Hylo Brown.
Even if you don’t like bluegrass (and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you?), you will enjoy this series just for the charming, period piece commercials filmed live on the set, and the homespun comedy sketches with “Cousin Jake” Tullock and “Uncle Josh” Graves.
Volume 4 Songs include:
Undated 1.Opening 2.Ground Speed 3.I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome 4.Martha White Commercial 5.Thinking About You 6.Cacklin’ Hen 7.Cabin On The Hill 8.Martha White Commercial 9.Nine Pound Hammer 10.Down, Down, Down 11.Comedy with Jake and Josh 12.Lord I’m Coming Home 13.Pet Milk Commercial 14.Salty Dog Blues
March 1962 1.Opening 2.Shady Grove 3.To My Mansion In The Sky with Hylo Brown 4.Martha White Commercial 5.I’ll Never Shed Another Tear 6.Lonesome Road Blues 7.Wildwood Flower with Randy Lynn Scruggs 8.Martha White Commercial 9.How Could You Forget with Hylo Brown 10.Run Little Johnny 11.Comedy with Jake and Josh 12.He Will Set Your Fields On Fire 13.I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home with Randy Lynn Scruggs 14.Leather Britches