A bluegrass supergroup formed by Jerry Douglas to pay tribute to the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. They re-enact the songs of Flatt and Scruggs by performing them in similar costumes and choreography.
Band members (2013): Jerry Douglas (Dobro™), Tim O’Brien (mandolin), Shawn Camp (guitar), Johnny Warren (fiddle), Charlie Cushman (banjo) and Barry Bales (bass.) Subbing for O’Brien (who is also a member of the reunited Hot Rize): Shawn Lane, Ronnie McCoury and Frank Solivan.
While the name of the band is a pun, there have been many actual Earls of Leicester in Great Britain, part of the English “peer system” of dukes and earls which bestows automatic membership in the House of Lords. The current “7th Earl of Leicester” is Edward Douglas Coke, b. 1936. His heir apparent is Robert Edward Coke, b. 1965.