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Earl Scruggs Dead: Country Stars React

Lee Brice, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley
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A country music legend died on Wednesday. Earl Scruggs, a bluegrass pioneer musically and socially, passed away in a Nashville hospital at the age of 88. Those most impacted — country stars — were quick to take to Twitter to offer thoughts and prayers. Indirectly, every artist has been influenced by Scruggs, who popularized the three-finger banjo playing style. But artists like Dierks Bentley, who is careful to infuse bluegrass into his mainstream country albums, are most closely related.

Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lee Brice are just four of the dozens of artists who have just learned of Scruggs' passing and commented. Check back throughout the day, as we'll update this post with new messages from the city of Nashville and all of America as we mourn the death of a legend and Country Music Hall of Famer.


Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley): Rest in peace Earl Scruggs. Thanks for being one of our musical Thomas Edisons.


Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley): lost one of the pillars of bluegrass music and country music today. rest in peace #earlscruggs! thanks for a lifetime of music to listen to!


Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus): Turnin the banjo up on hillbillyheart and stomp in honor of Earl Scruggs.


Lee Brice (@leebrice): RIP Earl Scruggs. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


Josh Thompson (@TheJoshThompson): Sad to hear we lost another Music Legend, Earl Scruggs. You will be missed


Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus): Earl Scruggs.... Thank you. Thank you for doing what you did. Music will miss you forever...


Chely Wright (@chelywright): Rest In Peace, Earl Scruggs. A member of a lovely, talented family.


ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic): RIP Earl Scruggs... #legend


James Otto (@jamesotto): Sad. Another musical legend has passed. Earl Scruggs died in Nashville at age 88. RIP Earl.


Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins): We've lost another music legend. Praying for Earl Scruggs family, friends and fans.


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