Curly Seckler

Date: 1986 November 20
Length: 189 min.
Call Number: OHC246


Bluegrass performer. Born December 25, 1919. Full name: John R. Seckler, originally spelled Sechler. Career most active 1940s-1980s. Longtime mandolin player and tenor singer with Flatt & Scruggs, and later with Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass. Member, International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Interview Summary

1986 November 20
(3 hours, 9 minutes)
Bluegrass musician Curly Seckler (Sechler) recalls highlights from his years with Flatt & Scruggs. Discussion includes the connection between Martha White and Flatt & Scruggs and a description of a typical show; the popularity of the Martha White theme; memories from their early performances on the Grand Ole Opry; changes in country music; the impact of adding new members to the group, including Josh Graves; promoting their shows; experiences working road shows; changes in the country audience; and his experiences as a musician during these years.