Over the years, the sought-after musician, songwriter and producer worked with everyone involved, from Waylon Jennings to Miranda Lambert.
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Randy Scruggs, a Grammy winner, songwriter, producer and son of banjo inventor Earl Scruggs, died on Tuesday after suffering illness. He was 64 years old.

"Randy was a quiet man with an encyclopedia of music as his guide," said friend and co-worker Jerry Douglas. "Blessed to be one of the sons of music giant Earl Scruggs, and floor and glass ceiling executive director Louise Scruggs was a wise and generous producer and a brilliant session guitarist, his catalog of success will upset those who are ready for me Following on from his long and impressive line he has achieved, I will miss his calm and grace as a man of the studios of our city. "

When he was 13 years old, he started to make professional music and worked with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Miranda Lambert. Throughout his career, he has starred in hundreds of recordings, including two groundbreaking country and roots music albums: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken and John Hartford's Aereo-Plain. He also produced the following two Dirt Band "Circle" volumes as well as recordings by Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Iris DeMent and many more.

More than 100 of his songs have been recorded over the years. Deana Carter took "We Danced Anyway," a song he co-wrote with Matraca Berg, to the top of the country charts in the mid-1990s. He also wrote some songs with Earl Thomas Conley, including the No. 1 singles "Do not Make It Easy For Me" and "Angel In Disguise".


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Randy Lynn Scruggs was the second of three sons born in Nashville to Earl and Louise Scruggs on the 4th August 1953.

He grew up surrounded by music and musicians. When he was a toddler, his father immortalized him with the banjo tune "Randy Lynn Rag". Sizes such as Maybelle Carter and Johnny Cash visited the House of Scruggs in Madison, Tennessee Carter's Autoharp fascinated six-year-old Randy and began his love of making music.

"I came home at two or three in the morning and walked through the boys' room," Earl Scruggs told the Tennessee in 1995. "Randy would still sleep on his stomach with the guitar."

"It had to be unbelievably hard to grow up as a son of Earl Scruggs," said WSM DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs, "but Randy has it in his own way and way made a very successful way in a versatile career. I know that his parents were very proud of him and his brothers Gary and Steve. If you were to come in Earl Scruggs' Dare. "And to see what he musically had at his fingertips, it was usually a CD from the original Carter family, something from Uncle Dave Macon and the latest project, in which Randy was involved. "

Scruggs & # 39; plays guitar, like the sharp, clean solos he contributed to Rosanne Cash's hit version of" Tennessee Flat Top Box "from 1987 and his great instrumental interpretation of" Both Sides Now "on" Will the Circle Be Unbroken "was a lesson in taste and tone.

He played in a duo with his brother Gary and with his father and his brothers in the progressive-sounding Earl Scruggs Revue for over a decade. In the 1980s he opened and operated Scruggs Sound Studio at Berry Hill

Scruggs released his solo debut "Crown of Jewels," an album that collaborates with Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, John Prine, Trisha Yearwood, and Jerry Douglas more, in 1998. The opening track of the album, Gill and Scruggs & # 39; s interpretation of "A Soldier's Joy," won a Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy Award.

The Country Music Association named him Musician of the Year three times (1999, 2003) and 2006). Two of his projects, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2" and Alison Krauss and the Union Station version of "You Say Nothing All" have been awarded the CMA Award for the Album of the Year and the Year, respectively.

He leaves behind his wife Sandy, daughter Lindsey and brother Gary. According to a family representative, a monument will be announced at a later date.

This is an evolving story and is updated.

Grammy Wins

1990: Best Country Instrumental Performance, "Amazing Grace"

1999: Best Country Instrumental Performance, "The Pleasure of a Soldier" (with Vince Gill)

2001: Best Country Instrumental Performance, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" (featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Gary Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Vince Gill (Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart, Albert Lee, Steve Martin, Leon Russell and Paul Shaffer)

2005: Best Country Instrumental Performance, "Earl's Breakdown" (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs), Vassar Clements and Jerry Douglas)

Randy helped make some of the most influential recordings of country music possible. He was a master musician and a producer who performed with grace and certainty. He honored the monumental legacies of his parents by creating his own extensive work. The Scruggs family is very connected to this museum and the city of Nashville. We're less for Randy's death, but we're better for the music he did and the person he was.

-Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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