The Earls of Leicester
By: Nathan Thomas
No one will ever see Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, or the Foggy Mountain Boys perform live again. That’s just a fact due to circumstance of time passing. But that doesn’t mean their music is gone, though: it lives forever in circles of bluegrass players picking on their porches and strumming at their jam sessions, as well as The Earls of Leicester.
Simply stated, The Earls of Leicester are the greatest collection of bluegrass players. Grammy-award winning They’re a super group assembled by dobro maestro Jerry Douglas that features some of the finest bluegrass musicians in the world performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs. When you have the best musicians in the current world of the genre playing the best songs of the genre’s history, the outcome is the greatest band of the genre working. More simply stated? The Earls of Leicester is the best of the bluegrass best.
This July 24, NPR’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce welcomes back The Earls of Leicester, a band who captivated Charleston’s Culture Center Theater so much that host Larry Groce requested the band perform an extra song, “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms.”
Rattle & Roar, the latest release from The Earls of Leicester, continues what their self titled debut started- putting a modern spin on the classic Flatt & Scruggs/Foggy Mountain Boys songbook. Even if you’re not an experienced bluegrass listener, you’ll be charmed by the stage-prescene and superior musicianship.
And that’s not all.
Sharing the bill as Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, will be Grammy-nominated country/bluegrass duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Americana rockers Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, and New England folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler. Also returning to Mountain Stage for her second visit, Lera Lynn, who audiences might recognize from the critically-acclaimed HBO series True Detective.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, and are available online or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.