Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Rocket Science

"MR: Now, is it right that you were inspired early on by Earl Scruggs on The Beverly Hillbillies theme? BF: That's exactly right. He's just one of the most profound musicians on the planet, and hearing him play had a huge effect on people that weren't banjo players yet, you know what I'm saying? Once they hear him play, they go, 'Wow, what is that? I've got to find out what that is,' and they could be from anywhere. They could be from Japan or they could be from Canada somewhere, or they could be from New York--it's not all about the country part of it or the rural part of it. It's just a sound, it's an iconic sound...his playing. Anyway, he had that effect on me. I was in Queens, New York at the time. For me it was The Beverly Hillbillies, but for some people it's 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown,' or it could be anything he plays on because he just has this spirit and this tone to his playing that really knocks people out...if they're going to be banjo players" (Mike Ragogna, "A Conversation with Bela Fleck," Huffington Post, 9/23/11).
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