My favorite instrumental piece. World class masters Earl Scruggs and John McEuen lay down a driving, rollicking tune, with back up help by acoustic bass great, the late Roy Husky, Jr. The word is that Roy arrived very late to the session and there was some concern on the part of Earl and John that he didn’t know the song and what was going to happen. They played it though once for Roy and then they recorded it. Roy came through with flying colors.
It is a treat for me to recognize Earl Scruggs, who was such a musical influence; Earl being the pioneering banjo player that he was. John has his own amazing discography, solo, in collaborations like this, and with his group, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. So here’s “Carolina Traveler”. I recommend that you play it over and over about six times in a row. Fire it up gentlemen. – Harry Lipson