FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN

“Foggy Mountain Breakdown” is a famous bluegrass music instrumental by the seminal
bluegrass artists Flatt and Scruggs. It is used (anachronistically) as background music in
the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, especially in the car chase scenes, and has
been used in a similar manner in many other pictures and television programs,
particularly when depicting a pursuit scene in a rural setting. It was written by Earl
Scruggs and recorded in 1949 by Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, with
Scruggs playing a Gibson Granada 5-string banjo. It is closely related to Bill Monroe‘s
“Bluegrass Breakdown” which Earl helped to write.
Scruggs won a Grammy award in 2002 for the 2001 recording of Foggy Mountain
Breakdown, which featured among others, actor and comedian Steve Martin on 2nd
banjo, Albert Lee and Vince Gill on guitars, Marty Stuart on mandolin, and Paul Shaffer
on piano.
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