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Lester Flatt

December 31, 1969 OH419 8 min.


Bluegrass musician. Born June 14, 1914. Died May 11, 1979. Full name: Lester Raymond Flatt. Guitarist and lead singer for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, 1945-early 1948. In 1948 teamed with Earl Scruggs to form the Foggy Mountain Boys. In 1969 ended his professional association with Earl Scruggs and formed Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass. Member, International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

[ca. 1970]
(8 minutes)
Bluegrass musician Lester Flatt talks to Columbia Records executive Frank Jones about recent events in his career. Discussion includes the formation of Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass; the development of his musical interest and style; the important influence of the Grand Ole Opry; and comments from Jones and Flatt on the upcoming album Flatt Out.

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