Friday, June 19, 2009

Scruggs makes uptown appearance for documentary

Camera locked and loaded, Duane Heafner approached one of his musical inspirations.
Earl Scruggs, award-winner and icon to most bluegrass players, was only a few dozen feet away.
Heafner stood near the historic court square Thursday, hoping to nab just a moment with the Cleveland County native and revolutionary banjo stylist.
Scruggs, seen alongside cameras and at least half a dozen followers, came to Shelby to film parts of an intro film to be shown at Destination Cleveland County's Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories of the Carolina Foothills.
"This is sort of the setup for the courthouse piece," said museum planner Cissy Anklam.
Other shots in the short film will include "B-roll" material around town.
"Shots of him walking down the sidewalk," Anklam said as an example.
Scruggs will likely rest up for Friday's concert after filming completes, DCC Chair Brownie Plaster said.
Heafner said he didn't have tickets to Scruggs' hometown show, but hoped to land some before the legend took center stage at Malcolm Brown Auditorium.
"We're just so excited," Emily Epley, DCC executive director, told The Star earlier this year following the announcement Scruggs would return.
"Last time he came, the response from the community was tremendous. The tickets sold out extremely fast."
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Scruggs Center, slated to be completed in late 2011.
Scruggs has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and by the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as a host of other music organizations. In 2008, he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame at a special invitation-only ceremony.

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