June 19

Remembering Lester Flatt’s Lasting Legacy on Bluegrass Music


Lester Flatt is one of the few artists who helped revive bluegrass music. He is mostly known for being the lead guitarist of the bluegrass band, Flatt and Scruggs. The resurgence of bluegrass music started with their band during the 1960s and their impact is still being seen today.

Let us take a look back at the life of Lester Flatt and how it all began.

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via Screengrab from YouTube

Lester Flatt as a Bluegrass Legend

The late guitarist-singer started his musical journey by learning the banjo. His father was a huge inspiration to him that is why he learned how to play the instrument. Unfortunately, he was told that the banjo was not for him so he had to switch to guitar. This got him the introduction to the band and now, we know him as the legendary guitarist that he is.

However, before we knew about him in the Foggy Mountain Boys, he first joined other lesser known bluegrass groups. He was with the Charlie Monroe and the Kentucky Pardners. He used this band to be the starting point of his career until his distinctive voice was recognized. He then joined the Bluegrass Boys, who helped him set foot on the Grand Ole Opry Stage.

lester flatt, bluegrass
via Screengrab from YouTube

Induction into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame

A lot of artists go unnoticed while they are still alive. Such was the case with Lester Flatt when he died. He only got his induction into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame after he died. This is a long overdue achievement since, during his career, it was evident that his group really made bluegrass music happen. His continuous work on the industry helped the country fans to be acquainted with bluegrass music.

Until today, their contribution to the specific genre resonates to the newer generation of fans.

Let us all remember his legacy as we listen to one of their performances:


birthday, bluegrass, Lester Flatt

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