Curly Seckler Celebrates 75 Years in Music

by | 12 Mar, 2010

Late last year we brought you news of Curly’s 90th birthday celebrations. Following on from his 90th, Curly has no plans to slow down. This year marks Curly Seckler’s 75th Anniversary in music.  He kicks off the celebration playing two concerts with Constant Change, and special guest Dudley Connell.

Bluegrass legend Curly Seckler began his musical career in 1935, over WSTP radio in Salisbury, North Carolina.  He went on to perform with a number of the top names in bluegrass music, including Charlie Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Mac Wiseman, The Stanley Brothers, and The Sauceman Brothers.

In 1949 Curly joined Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys, and remained with them for almost 12 years, recording over 130 songs with them.  His distinctive, razor-sharp tenor harmonies grace many of their classic hits, setting the standard for countless bluegrass singers who have followed.

Curly joined Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass in 1973, and then took over leadership of the band after Flatt passed away in 1979.  Seckler led the Nashville Grass for another fifteen years before retiring from full-time touring in 1994.  In 2004 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame.  Curly continued to perform and record, and his 2005 release, Down in Caroline, was a finalist for IBMA Recorded Event of the Year.  His most recent recording, Bluegrass, Don’t You Know, was picked among the Top 10 CDs of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune.