November 28

Williams Jr.’s Cover of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Seeing Hank Williams Jr. play the banjo is not something we get to see every day. The outlaw country-singing, sunglass-wearing, a bearded cowboy is what we are familiar with. Before all that blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country music, there was Williams Jr. and his banjo.

Among all the bluegrass hits covered, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown is one of the most well-known. And of all its covers, Hank Jr. made the most impressive of it.

Most younger fans have never seen him playing the banjo. Oh, boy! It really is a sight to behold! Upon seeing this, we can say that from a very young age, he has mastered the art of playing it. It is quite refreshing to see another side of this country music legend.

Here is a rare yet impressive performance from Hank Jr. below. We will undoubtedly love it and you will surely be “Wowed”!

“Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Background

Earl Scruggs was the man behind the words of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, a bluegrass music instrumental. On December 11, 1949, bluegrass artists Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys recorded it. It is a standard in the bluegrass repertoire. In this recording, they featured Scruggs playing a Gibson Granada five-string banjo.

Have you watched the movie, Bonnie and Clyde? The 1967 motion picture used it as background music, especially in the car chase scenes. Moreover, in depicting a pursuit scene in a rural setting media, they have used “Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Both the 1949 Mercury records version and a newly recorded Columbia version in 1968 were listed at one position of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #55.

In 2002, Scruggs won a Grammy award for a 2001 performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. In it, they featured: Steve Martin on the second banjo; Albert Lee, Vince Gill, and Randy Scruggs on guitars; Marty Stuart on mandolin; Jerry Douglas on dobro; Gary Scruggs on harmonica; and Paul Shaffer on piano.


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