Earl Scruggs, who just turned 85-years-old, was probably the highlight for me tonight. I saw this while Reba continues to perform and Brad Paisley has yet to hit the stage.
Scruggs put on a bluegrass clinic (as usual) inside the Mustang tent. The tent was only half-full when I entered at 6:20 p.m. but it was packed when Scruggs went on at 6:40 p.m. A negative was that Little Big Town’s sound bled over but as soon as Scruggs and his high-powered band started, everything else stopped.
Scruggs and his band, which included sons Gary (who introduced a lot of the songs) and I believe Randy. Earl Scruggs performed the melodic “Stringline Cannonball,” the speedy fiddle and (of course) banjo “Soldiers Joy,” “Doing My Time” (where the audience clapping along to the beat), “Sally Goodin’” and others.
Earl Scruggs fingers are still as nimble as ever and he truly looks happy performing. Definitely check him out if you get a chance.