Nice guy. Affable, easy to laugh and laughed a lot; smiled ‘cute’ like his beloved mother, Louise.

His touch on the strings, from his noble banjo bloodline, made his parents proud. Great award-winning producer, and a ‘special’ musician, Randy Lynn Scruggs would figure out a way to pick a song that others had not.

I met him 47 years ago when he was but 16, brought by Earl’s oldest son, the ever proud-of-his-father Gary, to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s first concert in Nashville, at Vanderbilt University in 1970.

By 17, Randy Lynn gave us the PERFECT closing to our landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album.

The song? – Judy Collins’ Both Sides Now. Done instrumentally only, Randy’s finger-picked guitar in his unusual open tuning was what my brother Bill (the album’s visionary producer) knew would be the perfect closing song for this magical collection of combined generations and styles.

Sweet, tender, with a spirituality coming through young Randy’s masterful hands, he brought the feeling of all the music and that magic week in the studio together.

Randy will be missed, as he made the world a better place while he was with us.

His many accomplishments will be with us forever.

— John McEuen



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