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Curly Seckler and the Nashville Grass perform "Little Liza Jane". Also included
in the group is a very young mandolin player by the name of Marty Stuart.
About the artist
Curly Seckler - Born December 25, 1919
John Ray (“Curly”) Seckler ranks as one of bluegrass music’s most important
sidemen, adding significantly to the quality and professionalism of the music
during its early “golden era.”
He was heard regularly by millions on syndicated television, radio, records and
personal appearances and best known for his rhythm mandolin playing and
tenor harmony signing in duets, trios and quartets while working intermittently
with Flatt & Scruggs from 1949 to 1962. Seckler (adapted from his family name
of Sechler) began his career around his birthplace of China Grove, N.C., working
with Charlie Monroe by the late 1930s.
At various times later he was with several other notable bands for brief periods.
He was in private life from March, 1962, until joining Lester Flatt’s Nashville
Grass in 1973. Following Flatt’s death in 1979, he became leader of the
Nashville Grass, making personal appearances and recording over a half dozen
albums, until his gradual retirement in the mid 1990s. Recorded songs he wrote
or co-wrote and featured on shows include “A Purple Heart,” “That Old Book Of
Mine” and “No Mother Or Dad.”