Earl Scruggs, Anchorman 2, and Tenacious D [Friday Night Videos]

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Welcome to Friday Night Videos.  It's been a interesting week with the passing of a legend and announcements dealing with the return of a few who think they are legends.

On Wednesday the 28th, the world lost banjo-player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs. As a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and then forming the Foggy Mountain Boys with guitarist Lester Flatt, later referred to by their surnames, Scruggs helped popularized the bluegrass sound.  While not the first to use the three-finger banjo-picking style, many considered him the best, like banjo-player Bela Fleck. In a piece about Scruggs for the New Yorker, Steve Martin wrote, "Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried." 

Their most populars tunes are "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," used most notably in Bonnie and Clyde, and the theme from the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, which is all most people seem to mention.  Instead, here's one darn fine song in its own right: Flatt & Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys - "Earl's Breakdown"

 

Wednesday also offered some good news, assuming you think the return of Ron Burgundy to movie screens is good news. After putting the moustache and red blazer back on, Will Farrell appeared on Conan to announce a sequel to Anchorman has been reached between Burgundy and Paramount.

Also back is Tenacious D. This video shows Kyle Gass and Jack Black reuniting after the poor box office of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny sent them on different paths. Though a bit rusty at first, they put in the work required "To Be the Best," a song that would be right at home in '80s montage.  Their new album album, The Rize of the Fenix, comes out on May 15th and the duo are hitting the road.

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