Flatt & Scruggs Tribute
December 14, 2019
On Saturday, December 14 the Historic E.T. Herzog Studio, 811 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 will open its doors for a celebration of Flatt & Scruggs' earliest recording sessions, held in Cincinnati at Herzog Studio during 1948 and 1949 for the Mercury label. All of the 16 numbers recorded in Cincinnati have become classics, but “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” was the biggest seller, primarily due to its use as the chase theme in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. This event is particularly timely as "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" turns 70 this year.
The gathering at Herzog will include an afternoon concert by Vern McIntyre and Appalachian Grass, performing "Foggy" along with other Flatt and Scruggs songs from the same era. That performance will be followed by an open Bluegrass jam, and all are invited to participate. Before the live music begins, the nonprofit Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (now headquartered in the space) will share a recording the Comet Bluegrass All-stars made in the space back in 2009 - on the 60th anniversary (to the day) of the Flatt & Scruggs session.
Limited seating will be available, first come-first served. Coffee and beverages will be available for suggested donation to the nonprofit.
Leading up to the event, contemporary musicians are encouraged to record their own version of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," shared online with the hashtag #foggymountainbreakdown70. Other artists who recorded at Herzog from 1945-55 include Hank Williams, Patti Page, Bullmoose Jackson, Grandpa Jones and the Delmore Brothers.
1:00pm Doors open
1:30pm Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass concert
2:30pm Speaker / comments
3:00pm Comet Bluegrass All-stars concert
4:30pm Open Bluegrass jam
7:00pm Door close