Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Lance LeRoy, October 27, 2004

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:01 - Meeting Lester Flatt

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Partial Transcript: Hi, Gabrielle Gray with the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Lance LeRoy talks about how he first met Lester Flatt after being a fan of his music for many years and seeing him play many live shows.

Keywords: 1952; Agents; Backstage; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Cedric Rainwater (Artist); Chubby Wise (Artist); Concerts; Contracts; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Friends; Gigs; Grand Ole Opry; Lester Flatt (Artist); Managers; Meeting; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Radio shows; Rainwater, Cedric (stage name of Howard Watts) (Artist); Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; WNOX (Radio station); WNOX Barn Dance (Radio program); WSM (Radio station); Wise, Chubby (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

00:04:08 - Flatt's childhood

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Partial Transcript: And I'm sure he's told you all about his childhood.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy says Flatt never told him much about his childhood, but shares a few details he knows about how Flatt began playing music and his relationship with his family.

Keywords: 3-finger style; Banjo players; Banjos; Cousins; Drinking; Drop thumb style; Family; Fathers; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Guitar players; Guitars; Kinfolk; Lester Flatt (Artist); Moving; Musical styles; Relatives; Self-taught; Sisters; Sound; Stories; Style

Subjects: Bluegrass musicians; Childhood; Families.; Music--Instruction and study.; Musical ability in children.; Religion

00:07:47 - Being a music fan and listening to the radio

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Partial Transcript: He was born, what, 1914?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about his own childhood interest in music and the radio stations he listened to as a child.

Keywords: 1914; Birth; Father figures; Grand Ole Opry; Martha White Show (Radio program); Quality; Radio shows; Radio signals; Reach; WSM (Radio station); Wattage

Subjects: Bluegrass music.; Music fans.; Music.; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

00:12:22 - Flatt's work with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys

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Partial Transcript: Now, uh, it's widely thought and considered that Bill Monroe was the founder and the father of Bluegrass music.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about the development of the Bluegrass genre, which his says began when Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe's band. He talks about the talent of each of the members and the unique style they developed.

Keywords: Band members; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Co-founders; Concerts; Contributions; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Father of Bluegrass; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Gigs; Grand Ole Opry; History; Impact; Influence; Lead; Learning; Lester Flatt (Artist); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Musical styles; Origins; Rhythm; Rhythm guitar players; Rhythm guitars; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; Singing; Skills; Sound; Style; Talent; Tenor; Vocal range; Vocals; Voice

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music icons; Music--Performance.; Musical ability.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

00:17:44 - Popularity of Bluegrass music over time

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Partial Transcript: At the time that they first joined Bill Monroe, how many bands--or do you have any way of knowing how many bands there might have been playing throughout the country similar kinds of music to this?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks more about the development of Bluegrass as a genre. He talks about the types of music that were popular during his childhood, how the country music genre changed over time, and younger people becoming interested in Bluegrass.

Keywords: 3-finger banjo; 3-finger style; Average age; Banjo players; Banjos; Big bands; Changes; Country music; Crossroads Follies (Radio program); Demographics; Dewitt "Snuffy" Jenkins (Artist); Earl Scruggs (Artist); Friends; Genres; Homer "Pappy" Sherrill (Artist); Jenkins, Dewitt "Snuffy" (Artist); Jukeboxes; O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Album); O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Motion picture); Old timey music; Pop music; Popular music; Popularity; Radio shows; Research; Roots; Schools; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Sherrill, Homer "Pappy" (Artist); Similar; Snuffy Jenkins and Pappy Sherrill (Artist); WIS Hillbillies (Radio program); Young musicians; Younger generations

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass festivals; Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Childhood; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music festivals.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

00:26:52 - Charlie and Bill Monroe

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Partial Transcript: Now back, back with, uh, Lester in his younger days, did he not sing with his wife Gladys for a while?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about Lester Flatt singing with his wife Gladys. He talks about Bill and Charlie Monroe working together, why they split up, and the feud that occurred between them over the Grand Ole Opry.

Keywords: 1944; Albums; Arguments; Audio recording; Band members; Bill Monroe (Artist); Brothers; Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Pardners (Artist); Charlie Monroe (Artist); Charlie Monroe and the Kentucky Pardners (Artist); Concerts; Crowds; Curly Seckler (Artist); Feuding; Feuds; Fights; Flatt, Gladys (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Gigs; Gladys Flatt (Artist); Grand Ole Opry; Instruments; Lester Flatt (Artist); Martha White Show (Radio program); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Monroe, Charlie (Artist); Music recording; North Carolina; Paul Prince (Artist); Popularity; Prince, Paul (Artist); Pseudonyms; Radio shows; Reconciliation; Recording sessions; Schoolhouses; Seckler, Curly (Artist); Shows; Singing; Stage names; Tent shows

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

00:36:26 - Impact of arthritis on Flatt's career

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Partial Transcript: There are some stories out there that Lester suffered from, uh, rheumatoid arthritis.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about Flatt suffering from arthritis and how he cured it early in his career with a formula he got from an African American doctor.

Keywords: African American doctors; Black doctors; Careers; Cures; Death; Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Formulas; Illnesses; Impact; Influence; Lester Flatt (Artist); Reunions; Rheumatoid arthritis

Subjects: African American physicians; Bluegrass musicians; Health; Medical care

00:43:07 - Flatt's bands throughout his career / how the Bluegrass genre got its name

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Partial Transcript: Can you, just for the sake of history, if we would go back in time, can you tell me the different bands that Lester Flatt was in from, from the very first and through to the end?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy lists some of the bands Flatt played with throughout his career. He talks about the evolution from hillbilly music to country music. He talks about the origin of the name Bluegrass as a genre, a story which he disagrees with Carlton Haney and Melissa Monroe about.

Keywords: 1958; Albums; Band members; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Carlton Haney; Charlie Monroe (Artist); Charlie Scott & the Harmonizers (Artist); Charlie Scott and the Harmonizers (Artist); Country Music Association (CMA); Country music; DJs; Deejay conventions; Deejays; Derogatory; Disc jockeys; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Genres; Glen Thompson; Haney, Carlton; Hillbilly music; Lester Flatt (Artist); Melissa Monroe (Artist); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Monroe, Charlie (Artist); Monroe, Melissa (Artist); Radio shows; Record labels; Thompson, Glen

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Records.; Sound recordings.

00:51:30 - Flatt's songwriting / Flatt and Scruggs' success

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell us about some of Lester's songs?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy discusses the large number of songs written and published by Flatt throughout his career. He talks about Flatt and Scruggs' popularity, which he says was helped by their appearances with Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry.

Keywords: Albums; Audio recording; Bill Monroe (Artist); Customary; Emcees; Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Gospel music; Grand Ole Opry; James Monroe (Artist); Lester Flatt (Artist); Material; Mercury Records; Money; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Monroe, James (Artist); Music recording; My Little Cabin Home on the Hill (Song); Ownership; Payment; Popularity; Publishers; Record royalties; Recording sessions; Salary; Singles; Solemn Old Judge; Songs; Songwriters; Songwriting; Success; Wages; Well-known; When You Are Lonely (Song)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

00:59:18 - Beginning to work for Flatt / Flatt and Scruggs' work on "The Beverly Hillbillies"

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Partial Transcript: So you got together beca--you became his manager and his agent after he and Earl--

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about Flatt asking him to be his manager after his split from Earl Scruggs. He describes in detail Flatt and Scruggs' experiences appearing as guests on the television show "The Beverly Hillbillies," for which they had also written the theme song.

Keywords: 1969; Accountants; Accounting; Auditors; Banjo players; Banjos; Break up; Cancelled; Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS); Country Music Association (CMA); Country music; Cousins; Decisions; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Filming; Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Granny (character); Henning, Paul; Hillbilly; Hollywood (Calif.); Income taxes; Invitations; Irene Ryan; Job offers; Lester Flatt (Artist); Los Angeles (Calif.); Managers; Paul Henning; Personality; Ryan, Irene; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Singing; Split up; Television appearances; The Ballad of Jed Clampett (Song); The Beverly Hillbillies (Artist); The Beverly Hillbillies (Television program); Theme songs; Vocals

Subjects: Bands (Music); Beverly hillbillies (Television program); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Musical groups.; Television programs.

GPS: Hollywood (Calif.)
Map Coordinates: 34.1, -118.333333
01:10:00 - Louise Scruggs and the work of a manager

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to ask, what effect did Louise Scruggs have on Lester Flatt's career?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about Louise Scruggs' effect on Flatt's career and the work she did for the band as their manager, a job which LeRoy later took over for Flatt after the band's split.

Keywords: Agents; Bookings; Careers; Carlton Haney; Certified public accountant (CPA); Earl Scruggs (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Grand Ole Opry; Haney, Carlton; Hiring; Impact; Lester Flatt (Artist); Louise Scruggs (Artist); Management; Managers; Paperwork; Promotion; Publicity; Reno & Smiley (Artist); Reno and Smiley (Artist); Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Scruggs, Louise (Artist); Taxes

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Musical groups.

01:15:48 - Flatt's personality

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Partial Transcript: So you have a very unique knowledge of him because you know exactly what he spent on everything.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy describes Flatt's personality through various anecdotes about his personal problems, his dislike of sports, his hobby of fishing, and his skill as an emcee.

Keywords: College crowds; Concerts; Country folk; Divorce; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Emcees; Entertaining; Fishing; Flatt, Gladys (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Gambling; Gigs; Gladys Flatt (Artist); Hobbies; Jokes; Lester Flatt (Artist); Old Hickory Lake; On the road; Personal problems; Personality; Poker games; Schoolhouses; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; Sports; Stories; Stress; Touring

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

01:25:59 - Flatt's development of the G-run / more on Flatt's bands throughout his career

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Partial Transcript: What kind of instrument did he play?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about the type of guitar Flatt played and discusses his development of his signature style of playing, the G-run. He talks about Flatt's style as an influence on other musicians. LeRoy talks more about the bands Flatt played with throughout his career, how Flatt and Scruggs met, and tells a story about emcees making mistakes when introducing Flatt after his split from Scruggs.

Keywords: Angry; Animosity; Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (Artist); Auditions; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Napier (Artist); Break ups; Breaks; Charlie Monroe (Artist); Chords; Concerts; Deejays; Disc jockeys; Doc Watson (Artist); Emcees; Emery, Ralph; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Foggy Mountain Special (Song); Frontman; G-runs; Gigs; Influence; Introductions; Jobs; Lead; Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass (Artist); Lester Flatt (Artist); Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass (Artist); Mad; Martin D28 guitars; Meeting; Melody; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Monroe, Charlie (Artist); Musical styles; Napier, Bill (Artist); Phenomenal; Picking styles; Picks; RCA Victor; Ralph Emery; Rhythm; Rhythm guitar players; Rhythm guitars; Rice, Tony (Artist); Senior members; Shows; Songs; Sound; Style; Talent; Textile mills; Tony Rice (Artist); Watson, Arthel Lane “Doc” (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical ability.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio stations.

01:36:01 - Breakup between Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe and the formation of Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys

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Segment Synopsis: LeRoy discusses some of the reasons Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs left Bill Monroe's band, including the tiring tour schedule. He says they left on good terms with one another. He describes their process of deciding to form their own band and talks about some of their recordings and some of the radio stations they worked for throughout their career.

Keywords: ; Akeman, David “Stringbean” (Artist); Audio recording; Band members; Banjo players; Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Break ups; Bristol (Tenn.); Bristol (Va.); Cars; Concerts; David “Stringbean” Akeman (Artist); Earl Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Gigs; Grand Ole Opry membership; Hard feelings; Instruments; Interstate highways; Jim Shumate (Artist); Jobs; Kentucky Barn Dance (Radio program); Knoxville (Tenn.); Lester Flatt (Artist); Lexington (Ky.); Mac Wiseman (Artist); Mercury Records; Money; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Music recording; Nashville (Tenn.); On the road; Payment; Raleigh (N.C.); Recording sessions; Recording studios; Roads; Salary; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; Shumate, Jim (Artist); Songs; Split up; Tampa (Fla.); Textile mills; Tired; Touring

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Travel.

GPS: Versailles (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.054722, -84.730833
01:49:59 - Animosity between Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe and their eventual reconciliation

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Partial Transcript: Oh, the one thing I wanted to say about their relationship with Bill, the biggest misconception in Bluegrass has always been that they got mad at Bill and left.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy describes how, after parting amicably, Bill Monroe later became angry at Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs when their manager wanted them to become members of the Grand Ole Opry. He talks about how Flatt and Scruggs each reconciled with Monroe many years later.

Keywords: 1953; Acuff, Roy (Artist); Bean Blossom Festival, Indiana; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Cohen Williams; Devine, Ottis; Earl Scruggs Revue (Artist); Endorsements; Friendships; Grand Ole Opry membership; Guests; James Monroe (Artist); Jealousy; Live shows; Louise Scruggs (Artist); Martha White Mills, Inc.; Monroe, James (Artist); Ottis Devine; Petitions; Photographs; Radio shows; Reconciliation; Relationships; Roy Acuff (Artist); Scruggs, Louise (Artist); Sponsorships; Telegrams; Visiting; Williams, Cohen

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Radio programs.; Radio stations.

02:05:30 - Breakup between Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the formation of Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass

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Partial Transcript: Well, so we still haven't gotten to that one part that we want to hear about.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy discusses some of the reasons Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up, including Scruggs' desire to start a band with his sons, among other reasons. In an aside, LeRoy talks about Flatt and Scruggs' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He talks about Flatt forming his own band, Nashville Grass, after his split from Scruggs. He talks about the other members of Nashville Grass over the years.

Keywords: Animosity; Band members; Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Booking; Break ups; Bumper stickers; Burkett Howard "Uncle Josh" Graves (Artist); Burkett Howard Graves (Artist); Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee; Curly Seckler (Artist); Earl Scruggs (Artist); English P. “Cousin Jake” Tullock (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Foggy Mountain Boys (Artist); Graves, Burkett Howard "Uncle Josh" (Artist); Graves, Burkett Howard (Artist); Graves, Josh "Buck" (Artist); Haskel McCormick (Artist); Hired; Induction; Ingram, Kenny (Artist); Johnny Johnson (Artist); Johnson, Johnny (Artist); Jordan, Vic (Artist); Josh "Buck" Graves (Artist); Kenny Ingram (Artist); Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass (Artist); Lester Flatt (Artist); Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass (Artist); Louise Scruggs (Artist); Man

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music--Economic aspects.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:14:28 - Important people in Flatt's life

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Partial Transcript: If you were naming on one hand the five most important people in his life, who would they be?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about some of the important people in Flatt's life, including his band members and his banker. He talks about Flatt's health issues, including heart problems, and how smoking affected his health and his voice.

Keywords: Band members; Bankers; Christmas; Commerce Union Bank; Country cooking; Country hams; Death; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Food; Friends; Gifts; Heart failure; Jim Rainey; Lester Flatt (Artist); Mount Juliet (Tenn.); Quality; Rainey, Jim; Singing; Smoking; Unhealthy; Vocalists (singers); Voice

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Musical ability.; Musical groups.

GPS: Mount Juliet (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.202778, -86.513611
02:20:57 - More on Flatt's songwriting

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Partial Transcript: When he was writing songs, you might not have been with him so much at that, at that time, but when he was writing them...

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks more about Flatt's songwriting process and his recording of the album "Coutnry Boy." He tells a story of how he received an RCA Nipper statue from Flatt.

Keywords: Albums; Audio recording; Country Boy (Album); Country Boy (Song); Disagreements; Flatt, Gladys (Artist); Flatt, Lester (Artist); Gladys Flatt (Artist); Lester Flatt (Artist); Music recording; Nipper; Personality; Practice; Practicing (Music); Promotional materials; RCA Records; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Rehearsal; Shooting pool; Songs; Songwriters; Songwriting; Writing songs

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

02:28:11 - Friendship and memories of Flatt

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Partial Transcript: It sounds like you were a perfect fit for Lester.

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy talks about his friendship with Flatt after being a fan of his music for many years. He talks more about his work as Flatt's manager and his work after Flatt's death. He talks about his memories of Flatt.

Keywords: Allied Entertainers, Inc.; Band members; Bluegrass Cardinals (Artist); Clever; Concerts; Driving; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Expressions; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Friendships; Gigs; Grand Ole Opry; Lester Flatt (Artist); Management; Managers; Memories; Money; Osborne Brothers (Artist); Payment; Personality; Quitting; Relationships; Salary; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Shows; Wages; Witty

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music business; Music fans.; Music--Economic aspects.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:35:14 - Flatt's contributions to the world

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Partial Transcript: What do you think he has left the--as his biggest contribution to this world?

Segment Synopsis: LeRoy lists what he believes are Lester Flatt's contributions to the world, including his songs, his unique style of playing and his development of the G-run, and his talent as an emcee. He talks about Flatt's lack of formal education but says he had the ability to learn more from his experiences in the real world. He talks about Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe being inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Hall of Fame. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Bill Monroe (Artist); Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (Artist); Bluegrass Hall of Honor; Blues; Carter Stanley (Artist); Changes; Charlie Moore (Artist); College; Contributions; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Emcees; Flatt, Lester (Artist); Frontman; G-run; Induction; International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA); International Bluegrass Music Awards; Learning; Legacy; Lester Flatt (Artist); Mac Wiseman (Artist); Master of ceremonies; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Moore, Charlie (Artist); Musical styles; Real world education; Rhythm; Rhythm guitar players; Rhythm guitars; Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Social classes; Songs; Songwriters; Songwriting; Sound; Stanley, Carter (Artist); Stones; Style; Vocals; Wiseman, Mac (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Education; Music--Awards.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance