THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH: ESSENTIAL COUNTRY MUSIC SONGS: ‘FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN”- FLATT AND SCRUGGS

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Three Chords and The Truth: Essential Country Music Songs: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”- Flatt and Scruggs. A bluegrass instrumental standard recorded in 1949 by Flatt and Scruggs after they had left Bill Monroe’s band. It gained even more fame in the 1967 film Bonnie And Clyde being used in the car chase scenes- nearly 20 years after it was originally recorded it peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to its exposure in the film. The song is a take off on a song Scruggs helped write while with Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys called “Bluegrass Breakdown.” I will include both songs below.

 

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8 responses to “THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH: ESSENTIAL COUNTRY MUSIC SONGS: ‘FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN”- FLATT AND SCRUGGS

  1. Ken Burns did a particularly good job telling the Monroe-Flatt-Scruggs story, I thought. I didn’t know anything about their partnership, but turns out it was a bit complicated as to social issues and musical direction. (traditional vs modernizing)

    • Yes he did- and I think it was Marty Stuart who showed how the song was changed- they had a lot of strong contributors in that series. Stuart knows his country music history.

  2. Earl and Lester were my intro into bluegrass and i’ve been a big fan since.I still have a double album I bought when I was wigging out on King Crimson, Mahavishnu and the like. I just thought it was all good.

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