My first introduction to Earl Scruggs was the theme from the Beverly Hillbillies, The Ballad of Jed Clampett. That was a time when TV theme songs laid out the premise of the show. We all remember black gold/Texas tea. Scruggs performed the song along with Lester Flatt; it was sung by Jerry Scoggins.
Steve Martin called him ''the most important banjo player who ever lived." Scruggs passed away at age 88 of natural causes. His importance to music cannot be overstated.