Earl Scruggs – His Family and Friends (ft. Byrds, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Doc Watson)

Another criminally underrated out of print album from Earl Scruggs. This is the one people…..this album is fantastic. Recorded in 1969 for a television documentary, not released on vinyl till 1971. This album is where that Byrds clip a few posts back came from. At the time Earl’s son Randy was still in high school, of which there are some humerous soundbites about during his performance of Black Mountain Rag. Features such heavyweights as Doc Watson, The Byrds, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan (though he doesn’t sing). If you are a fan of the Dirt Band’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album…..this is right up your alley. And besides, where else are you gonna hear 1. foggy mt. breakdown played on a synthesizer, and 2. Earl Scruggs speak out against the Vietnam war?

There is a DVD available of this (Get the DVD here) that I will surely be getting. You can watch the trailer here (sorry, embedding was disallowed)

  1. Nine Pound Hammer
  2. Lonesome Ruben
  3. My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountain (with Joan Baez)
  4. Love is Just a Four Letter Word (with Joan Baez)
  5. The Last Thing On My Mind (with Doc Watson)
  6. Streamlined Cannonball (with Doc Watson)
  7. Nashville Skyline Rag (with Bob Dylan)
  8. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (with Gil Tryhall)
  9. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (with The Byrds)
  10. Nothin’ To It (with The Byrds)
  11. Salty Dog Blues (with The Morris Brothers)
  12. On Top Of Old Smokey (with The Morris Brothers)
  13. Black Mountain Rag (Randy Scruggs)
  14. Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Earl Scruggs – His Family and Friends

  • James O'Connell

    March 20th, 2011


    The only song from the record that’s on YouTube is”Love is just 4 letter word. I had the record in 73 ana though Bob doesn’t he does something on the guitar I haven’t heard since. It’s on Foggy mountain Rag.

  • James O'Connell

    March 20th, 2011


    I had the record in 73 and my favorite was “Foggy Mountain Rag”.Though Bob doesn’t sing on the song he does an amazing shift in the melody that I’ll never forget.

  • Paula

    March 30th, 2012


    The Byrds were filmed at our family farm. I was the 15 year old girl sitting on the roof of the house watching them in the YouTube clip. We used to have the album but it disappeared years ago. I’d love to have a copy of it now. The back cover says “The Byrds were filmed on the Doug Underwood Farm” I believe. Great memories.

    • jim

      December 21st, 2013


      I have an original copy somewhere in a house I currently rent out . It was one of my favorite albums as a young teen in the early 70’s . My favorite was Joan and Earl doing “My Home’s across the Blueridge Mountains ” . And Black Mountain Rag with my son Randy…and Stevie ….You are welcome to have it as I no longer have a turntable to play it . If you were actually a part of this , then you deserve it . I just wish I could have been in your shoes .

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  • Steve

    November 9th, 2013


    I thought I remembered “Banks of the Ohio”: being on my vinyl….wish I still had that record!

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