Curly Seckler

Date: 1987 May 08
Length: 130 min.
Call Number: OHC247


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

1987 May 8
(2 hours, 10 minutes)
Bluegrass musician Curly Seckler (Sechler) talks about his career during the 1960-1980s. Discussion includes leaving Flatt & Scruggs in 1962 and his career immediately after; his return to music full-time in 1973; working with Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass; his salary rates during his career; the impact of Flatt’s declining health and the decision to turn the Nashville Grass over to Seckler; the Nashville Grass after Lester Flatt; comments on bluegrass festivals from the performer’s point of view; the decline of comedy as part of the bluegrass performance; the including of gospel songs as part of the bluegrass performance; memories from his years with Flatt & Scruggs; and comments on changes in bluegrass music.