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Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Sep 7, 2022

Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Banjo hero Earl Scruggs received a rousing tribute near his North Carolina hometown over Labor Day weekend, bringing together bluegrass stars like Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, and many others. The inaugural event took place Sept. 4 to 6 in Tryon, about 30 miles from the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby. Scruggs, who died in 2012, was raised in the small Flint Hill community nearby, and remains one of the most pivotal figures in bluegrass.

Enjoy photos from the inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival below. (Photos by Eli Johnson unless otherwise noted.)

Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Darin & Brooke Aldridge


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Alison Brown


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Becky Buller


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Chatham County Line


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

The Earls of Leicester


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Fireside Collective
Photo by Tori Marion


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Béla Fleck with Mark Schatz


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Photo by Ron Pankey


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Rissi Palmer


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Photo by Ron Pankey


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Jon Stickley


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Town Mountain


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Unspoken Tradition


Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Fireside Collective hosts a collaborative performance of the 1972 album Earl Scruggs Revue: Live at Kansas State played in its entirety, sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation
Photo by Toni Marion


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Photos: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and More Perform at Earl Scruggs Music Festival