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The Life and Music of Curly Seckler
by Penny Parsons

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This 241-page biography follows Curly's journey from North Carolina cotton fields to legendary status as one of the greatest tenor singers in bluegrass music history. It colorfully details Curly's rise to fame through the bands of Charlie Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and others, to his definitive work with Flatt & Scruggs and the Nashville Grass, and his career renaissance in the new millennium. The story is told first-hand from dozens of hours of interviews with Curly as well as his family members and musical associates, including Jesse McReynolds, Josh Graves, Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Marty Stuart, Eddie Stubbs, Lance LeRoy, and many more.

"Curly Seckler is one of the most beloved and revered of all the first generation country and bluegrass music pioneers. Ms. Parsons not only illuminates Mr. Seckler's storied life but also reports rarified accounts that offer us insight into the humanity that underscored the people, songs, live performances, recordings, and travels surrounding what is now considered to be one of the most mythical bands ever to play: Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Penny Parsons is not only an authentic biographer, she is also a first-rate musical detective."

- Marty Stuart

"This carefully researched and richly detailed account of Seckler's life and career provides a new perspective on the work of his primary employers -- Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Parsons's labor of love has produced a good read and an invaluable reference."

- Jay Orr, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

"Penny Parsons's well-mined research and articulate journalistic style reveal never-before-documented history that should be of interest to all fans of country and bluegrass music's golden era. Written with Mr. Seckler's full cooperation, this educational and entertaining biography explores the compelling journey of a legendary musical statesman. Along the way, he endured both triumph and tragedy with determination, unshakable faith, kindness, generosity, and humor. This book truly does justice to his amazing legacy."

-Eddie Stubbs, WSM Grand Ole Opry announcer

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