Flatt, Lester (and the Nashville Grass)


  • From Sparta, Tennessee.
  • After working with Bill Monroe (1945-1948) and Earl Scruggs (1948-1969), formed his own band “Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass.”
  • He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
  • “The Nashville Grass” was the result of a “Name the Band” contest in which Lester’s fans were invited to mail in their suggestions for a new band name.
  • His Nashville Grass band included such sidemen as Curly Seckler, Marty Stuart, Tater Tate, Kenny Ingram, Vic Jordan, Roland White and others. Marty Stuart joined the Nashville Grass when he was only 13 years old.
  • After Lester died of a heart ailment in 1979, The Nashville Grass continued on for several years led by Curly Seckler and Flatt sound-alike Willis Spears.