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Episode Clips

Ralph Stanley: The First Song Mother Taught Me

The late Ralph Stanley plays a banjo tune and describes his playing technique.

Hank Williams: The Songwriter and Performer

Featured artists discuss the genius and singularity of Hank Williams, Sr.

The Carter Scratch, Travis Picking, Doc Watson

Randy Scruggs exhibits the playing styles of Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis and Doc Watson.

John McEuen: Earl Scruggs’ Banjo Style

John McEuen discusses Earl Scruggs' innovations on the banjo.

Don Maddox: The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band in the World

Don Maddox, Jean Shepard, and Marty Stuart swap stories about the Maddox Brothers and Rose

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