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Bluegrass Legend Curly Seckler, 91, Still Going After 75 Years

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Curly SecklerBluegrass legend Curly Seckler is still performing after 75 years. While it is true that he has slowed down a bit since celebrating his 91st birthday in December of 2010, September promises to be a busy month for him. He hopes to see you at one of these upcoming events.

Recently, Seckler was honored in North Carolina Legislature which recognized Curly for his many accomplishments over 75 years in bluegrass music. It will also acknowledge his brothers Marvin, George, and Duard, with whom he first performed as the Yodeling Rangers in 1935 over WSTP radio in Salisbury. Duard and Marvin Sechler, both of whom played guitar, passed away in 2002 and 2009, respectively. George Sechler, who was the band's fiddle player and emcee, currently resides in Texas.

Curly went on to perform with many of the top names in bluegrass, including Charlie Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and Flatt & Scruggs, however he always maintained close ties to his family back in China Grove. He even wrote a song entitled, "China Grove, My Hometown," which was included on his "Down in Caroline" CD, released in 2005. In 2009, Curly appeared on the North Carolina People program on UNC-TV, and discussed his Carolina roots (available for viewing on our web site). In 2010 he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Curly celebrated his 91st birthday on December 25, 2010.

9/3/11: Nashville, TN - Downtown Bicentennial Mall; National Folk Festival, 3:45 PM
Curly will perform and participate in a Q&A program focusing on early country music performers being sponsored on live radio shows, hosted by country music historian Craig Havighurst. Also scheduled to participate are Jesse McReynolds, Jean Shepard, and DeFord Bailey, Jr. Admission is free! Come for the whole afternoon and see an assortment of interesting programs.

9/13/11: Owensboro, KY - Riverpark Center; International Bluegrass Music Museum Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration, 3:00 PM
This incredible three-day celebration of the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe will feature nearly all of the living members of the IBMA Hall of Fame! Curly will perform, accompanied by a stellar cast of pickers who will reprise the Nashville Grass sound of the 1980s: Willis Spears on guitar & vocals, Larry Perkins on banjo & guitar, Johnny Warren on fiddle, Tim Graves on dobro, and Kent Blanton on bass. For tickets and information, visit: The International Bluegrass Music Museum.

9/24/11: Bean Blossom, IN - Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park
Curly will be inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame during the 37th annual Uncle Pen Days Festival. The four-day festival runs from Wednesday through Saturday, with lots of great entertainment. For tickets and information, visit: www.beanblossom.us or call 800-414-4677

Finally, we are saddened to report the passing of Curly's older brother George Seckler on August 5, 2011. George was the fiddle player in the Yodeling Rangers, which also included Curly on tenor banjo, brothers Marvin and Duard on guitars, and Murray Belk on washboard, jug and comedy. The group performed over WSTP radio in Salisbury, NC during the 1930s and early '40s. George Secker had been living with his daughter's family in Texas for the last several years. He was 92.

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