Curly Seckler


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Musician, Vocalist

Curly Seckler was a pioneer in the development of Bluegrass music. He began performing professionally in 1935, on a daily radio program on WSTP in Salisbury, NC.  After the breakup of the Monroe Brothers act, Curly was the first tenor singer selected by Charlie Monroe for his Kentucky Pardners band in 1939. He was also the tenor singer with Flatt & Scruggs for twelve years, during their most creative period, and can be heard on nearly all of their greatest hits. Curly played a very important role in the growth of the Bluegrass Festivals beginning in the 1960s, which brought the acoustic-styled music to thousands of fans. In the studio, Curly recorded with several artists over the years, most notably his long time friend Lester Flatt.