Cutter Singleton delivered an awesome rendition of the legendary song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” during his performance at the Kentucky Opry for their annual Talent Search. Playing with people at least two or three times his age, Cutter really showed his impeccable banjo pickin’ talent. He earned first place in the Instrumental Division and won People’s Choice Award.
Great job, little Bluegrass musician!
About The Song
“Foggy Mountain Breakdown” is a banjo-pickin’ standard. The famous Earl Scruggs wrote it in 1940. The movie Bonnie Clyde cast it and was added to the National Recording Registry in 2004. Scruggs did a live performance of the song on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, featuring some known musicians including Vince Gill, Steve Martin, and Paul Schaffer in 2001. He won a Grammy later on, following the phenomenal performance.
And The Little Singer
Cutter Singleton is the older brother of Cash Singleton and the son of Jason and Shelley Singleton of Marion, Kentucky. He enjoys banjo, guitar, dobro, history, and fishing. He started playing banjo at the age of six and now performs regularly with his brother, Cash and two bluegrass bands: Jack Martin and Good Company and Justamere Bluegrass Band. Cutter also loves visiting the local nursing homes and partaking his talent with the elderly. He has earned various awards namely: 1st Place Overall 2016 Pennington Folk Festival, 1st Place 2016 Instrumental Division at the Kentucky Opry Talent Search, 2016 People’s Choice Award at the Kentucky Opry Talent Search, and 2nd Place Overall 2015 Pennington Folk Festival and his latest , 2017 Kentucky Opry Talent Search First place winner in the Instrumental Division and the People’s Choice.
Cutter like old country stars including Loretta Lynn and Lester Flatt. However, he favored musician, Earl Scruggs. He adds,
“I started out on the banjo. I listened to Earl Scruggs, and I was just astonished by the sound.”
He loves to perform with his brother, Cash, who is six-years-old. His motivation to dig into music started when he and his mom, Shelley, were listening to the radio on their way to Land Between the Lakes. Later on, he started playing songs. The first song he learned was “Pearl, Pearl, Pearl.”
Watch Cutter’s performance of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” below. This 10-year-old Kentucky boy will surely lighten up your day!