Across the Blue Ridge #107 - New Year’s Welcome, and The Life of Curly Seckler

Across the Blue Ridge #107 - New Year’s Welcome, and The Life of Curly Seckler

4:00pm Jan 05, 2018
John “Curly” Seckler (1919-2017) helped set the classic bluegrass sound with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys following World War II. Seckler died at age 98 in late December, 2017, and we have an appreciation on this ATBR episode.
The Penny Parsons Company, used with permission

We enter 2018 with a satisfying selection of old-time, bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music – some standards you’ve heard, and some fascinating old songs and tunes that may be new to you.  The center of the show this week is an appreciation of Curly Seckler (1919-2017), the pioneering tenor harmony singer who, along with the rest of the Foggy Mountain Boys led by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, did as much as anyone to set the template for the classic bluegrass sound.  Curly Seckler was raised in China Grove, North Carolina and got his first big break with Charlie Monroe after Monroe heard him singing on a local radio station.  Our program segment features lots of Curly’s music, plus some thoughts on his impact from his biographer Penny Parsons. Not only that, we get to hear Curly himself talking about singing high harmony to Lester Flatt.  Be sure to listen to this show, and share it with friends.  Happy New Year!

Playlist

  1. Durham's Bull
    Steve Kilby
    A Century of Heritage Guitar Music
     
  2. Fireball Mail
    The Brainstormers
    Never Gonna Rain
     
  3. Beware Young Ladies
    Elizabeth LaPrelle
    Lizard In The Spring
     
  4. Rattletrap
    Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
    Roan Mountain Hilltoppers In Concert
     
  5. Possum Hollow
    Shenandoah Valley Boys
    Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys
     
  6. I Cried Again
    Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys
    Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys
     
  7. Shady Grove
    Wade Ward
    High Atmosphere
     
  8. Break 1- Tee La Lollee
    Paul Brown & Mike Seeger
    Way Down In North Carolina
     
  9. What's The Matter Now
    Curly Seckler
    That Old Book Of Mine
     
  10. Are You Washed In The Blood
    Flatt & Scruggs
    The Best of Flatt & Scruggs TV Show
     
  11. Interview - Penny Parsons
    Penny Parsons, author
    ATBR interview
     
  12. New Mule Skinner Blues
    Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys
    In The Pines
     
  13. Why Don't You Tell Me So
    Flatt & Scruggs
    1947-1959 Vol. 1
     
  14. Why Don't You Tell Me So
    Flatt & Scruggs
    1947-1959 Vol. 1
     
  15. Interview - Curly Seckler
    Penny Parsons & Curly Seckler
     
  16. Please Help Me I'm Falling
    Curly Seckler
    The Best of Flatt & Scruggs TV Show
     
  17. I'll Never Shed Another Tear
    Flatt & Scruggs
    1947-1959 Vol. 1
     
  18. Break 2 - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
    Flatt & Scruggs
    1947-1959 Vol. 1
     
  19. Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me
    Missisppi John Hurt
    Revisited
     
  20. Warfare
    E.C. Ball
    High Atmosphere
     
  21. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
    Frank Proffitt
    High Atmosphere
     
  22. Dig A Little Deeper
    Fairfield Four
    Standing In The Safety Zone
     
  23. Boat's Up The River
    John Jackson
    Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
     
  24. Arkansas Traveler
    Fred Cockerham, Oscar Jenkins, Shag Stanley
    Down To The Cider Mill