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Today we remember the legendary Lester Flatt, born this day in 1914. His contributions while performing with Bill Monroe and then Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys left a rich bluegrass music legacy.

Appropriately, Lester was a member of the inaugural class of Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductees in 1991, along with Monroe and Scruggs.

His brilliant lead vocals, rhythm guitar playing, and MC work are on display in this clip from the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show.
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Happy birthday to the late David “Stringbean” Akeman, who entertained the country with his old-fashioned banjo picking and comedy on both the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw, as well as alongside Bill Monroe.

Enjoy Stringbean's performance of "Hillbilly Fever" on the TV show he was most well-known for.
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Today we wish Bob Black, former Bluegrass Boy and 2006 IBMA Print Media Person of the Year, a happy birthday.

From banjo picking with Bill Monroe to “Come Hither to Go Yonder”, we hope you will join us in celebrating Bob's career.

Enjoy this audio of Bob performing with Bill and the Bluegrass Boys in Tokyo, 1974.
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Grab your Wide Open Bluegrass tickets today and save 20% on the official festival t-shirt!
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  • Where is it at?
    Raleigh, NC, USA
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  • What is the setting?
    Outdoors, City
  • What is the atmopshere?
    Family friendly
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