Two Columbia killers from the team of Lester Flatt & Earl
Scruggs – back to back on a single CD! First up is Folk Songs Of Our Land – kind of a nod by the pair back to the new folk revival, who were helping the Flatt & Scruggs team get greater mainstream fame, thanks to their enthusiasm! Lester & Earl
try their hand at a host of American folk tunes – but rather than turn out some smarmy pop-folk presentation, or easy Kingston Trio style, they go right back to bluegrass roots – with excellent presentation on both of their instruments, and some vocals as well. Titles include "Philadelphia Lawyer", "Legend Of The Johnson
Boys", "Life Of Trouble", "Good Times Are Past & Gone", "Hear The Wind Blow", and "Ellen Smith". The Fabulous Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs is a record that really lives up to its title – and not only offers up superb guitar from Lester Flatt and incredibly deft banjo from Earl
Scruggs – but also some great vocals that really beat the best of mainstream country at the time! The record was key in getting the sound of bluegrass out of the hills and into the homes of other listeners at the time – not just the usual fans of country music, but also the younger rock and folk scene who really helped raise Flatt & Scruggs up to legendary status, and inspire them to evolve with records like this. Titles include "Hello Stranger", "I'm Walking With Him", "Bummin An Old Freight Train", "When Papa Played The Dobro", and "A Faded Red Ribbon".