The father of modern banjo and bluegrass banjo, Earl Scruggs, passed away this evening. A real legend. I was lucky enough to be raised at bluegrass festivals and see Flatt & Scruggs often as a kid. His songs have permeated my life, and the lives of many out there in chicken land, I am sure. I'm gonna go play some lonesome songs, and sing 'em extra loud fer Earl, tonight.