The Earls of Leicester (band)

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The Earls of Leicester
Leicester-fls.jpg
Performing at MerleFest, 2015
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresBluegrass
Years active2013-present
LabelsRounder
MembersBarry Bales
Charlie Cushman
Jerry Douglas
Johnny Warren
Shawn Camp
Past membersTim O'Brien

The Earls of Leicester is a bluegrass group assembled by Jerry Douglas to present the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys to a contemporary audience.[1] Their eponymous debut album earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2015.[2]

The band's music focuses on the music of Flatt and Scruggs during the period when the band consisted of Lester Flatt on guitar and lead vocals, Earl Scruggs on banjo and guitar, 'Uncle' Josh Graves on dobro, Paul Warren on fiddle, Curly Seckler on mandolin, and 'Cousin' Jake Tullock on bass.

The band's name is a play on the names of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.

Members[edit]

Jerry Douglas formed the group in 2013 as a vehicle to bring the music of guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs to a modern audience. [3]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Grass
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US
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US
Heat

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The Earls of Leicester[7] 1 159 3
Rattle & Roar[9]
  • Release date: 12 August 2016
  • Label: Rounder
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Awards[edit]

The Earls and their engineer/mixer, Bil Vorndick, received a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best Bluegrass Album for their album The Earls of Leicester.[10] [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawless, John (July 21, 2014). "Earls of Leicester in September". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (February 8, 2015). "Sam Smith conquers Grammys with four top awards". USA Today. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jerry Douglas Announces "The Earls of Leicester"".
  4. ^ "Jerry Douglas Album & Song Chart History – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Jerry Douglas Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Jerry Douglas Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Earls of Leicester". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Deming, Mark. "Rattle & Roar". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "The Earls of Leicester Awards".
  11. ^ "Past Winners Search - grammy.com".