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Flatt was born in Duncan's Chapel, Overton County, Tennessee , [1] to Nannie Mae Haney and Isaac Columbus Flatt. In 1943 , he played mandolin and sang tenor in The Kentucky Pardners, the band of Bill Monroe 's older brother Charlie . [2] He first came to prominence as a member of Bill Monroe 's Blue Grass Boys in 1945 and played a thumb-and-index guitar style that was in part derived from the playing of Charlie Monroe and Clyde Moody. In 1948, he started a band with fellow Monroe alumnus Earl Scruggs , and for the next 20 years, Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys were one of the most successful bands in bluegrass. [3] When they parted ways in 1969, Flatt formed a new group, the Nashville Grass , hiring many of the Foggy Mountain Boys. He continued to record and perform with that group until his death in 1979. [4] His role as rhythm guitar player and singer in each of these seminal ensembles helped define the sound of traditional bluegrass music. His solid guitar playing and rich lead voice are unmistakable in hundreds of bluegrass standards.

Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe’s bluegrass boys in 1945, and along with lead singer Lester Flatt helped to define what we have since come to know as the sound of bluegrass music. Flatt and Scruggs left Monroe’s band in 1948, and went on to record some of bluegrass music’s best known classics, with a prolific career extending into the late 1960’s. Flatt and Scruggs also had a several commercial successes which, for better or worse, established bluegrass stereotypes in the minds of the American public, with songs such as the Beverley Hillbillies theme song and the Bonnie and Clyde movie soundtrack. Lester Flatt died in 1979, and Earl Scruggs continued to play bluegrass well into his 80’s. He died in 2012 at the age of 88, and his funeral was held at the Ryman Auditorium.


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