Flatt & Scruggs: Earl Scruggs (background vocals); Lester Flatt.
Personnel: Lester Flatt (vocals, guitar); Curly Seckler, Everett Lilly (tenor, mandolin); Billy E. Powers, Jake Tullock (tenor); Earl Scruggs (baritone, guitar, banjo); Paul Warren (bass voice, fiddle); Culley Holt, Jody Rainwater, Benny Martin (bass voice); Josh Graves (dobro); Earl Taylor, Monroe Fields (mandolin); Chubby Wise, Howdy Forrester (fiddle); Buddy Harman (drums).
Additional personnel: Mother Maybelle Carter (autoharp); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Roy Huskey Jr., Joe Zinkan (double bass); Culley Holt, Curly Seckler, Jake Tullock (background vocals); Josh Graves, Paul Warren, Buddy Harman.
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Recording information: Nashville, TN (05/09/1951-03/21/1966).
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Lee Friendlander.
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs merged bluegrass and gospel music throughout the 1950s and '60s on an impressive series of recordings for Columbia. Those backwoodsy, spiritual songs are represented on this outstanding two-disc, 52-track collection.
With Flatt on lead vocals and guitar and Scruggs on baritone vocals and banjo or guitar, the duo applied their potent bluegrass sound to songs of faith written by Flatt, A.P. Carter, and others. As always, Flatt's deft guitar work blends seamlessly with Scruggs's fleet banjo lines, while the pair's harmonizing voices convey tales of saints, sinners, and searching souls. Classics here include Flatt's fast-paced "Get in Line Brother" and cautionary "Be Ready for Tomorrow May Never Come, " Carter's twangy "I'm on My Way to Canaan's Land" and "On the Rock Where Moses Stood," and an energetic live take on Tom T. Hall's "A Stone the Builders Refused." For bluegrass fans who like a dose of religion with their music, FOGGY MOUNTAIN GOSPEL is essential.