Back in 2001 I grabbed a CD called "Earl Scruggs and Friends" on a whim, and it's one of the best bluegrass ensemble discs I own. Some artists you would NEVER expect to find on a bluegrass album sit in with Scruggs (Elton John? Melissa Etheridge? Don Henley? Billy Bob Thornton?)
This cut features Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Douglas and Leon Russell.
Earl Scruggs passed away yesterday at age 88 of natural causes (probably a banjo infection).