A year ago, Cybergrass reported that bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, 94, was at home recovering from a minor stroke which resulted in issues with speech. We just received word that Curly Seckler has suffered another stroke on June 1. This stroke was more severe and and that he has partial paralysis on the left side of his body. He is currently in a rehabilitation center in Hendersonville, TN. We're not sure how long he will need to be there.
Seckler is renowned as one of the pioneering tenor singers in bluegrass, including 12 years with Flatt & Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys and 21 years with the Nashville Grass. He celebrated his 75th anniversary in bluegrass music in 2010 and his 92nd birthday in 2011! He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2004, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2011.
Though the Nashville Grass officially disbanded in 1994, Seckler and Spears have performed together a number of times over the last eight years, most recently at the Bill Monroe Centennial in Owensboro, KY in September of 2011. For this performance they will be joined by well-known Nashville musicians Johnny Warren on fiddle, Charlie Cushman on banjo, John Tomlin on mandolin, and Kent Blanton on bass.
Seckler first performed on radio in Salisbury, NC in 1935, ten years before what is now considered the first bluegrass band came together under Bill Monroe's leadership.