Bernie Taupin was recently in Shelby, North Carolina.
He visited the Earl Scruggs Center, for the opening of his art exhibit. The Bluegrass Today Web site reports that the show includes a new piece of art from the songwriter, created in honour of Scruggs and his music--as well as a short film in which Taupin speaks of his love for what Scruggs accomplished with his banjo.
During the visit he viewed his piece in its permanent location, and met with guests and Center staff. Taupin said that there were “no words” to describe seeing his tribute on display in a museum dedicated to Earl.
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire is an assemblage of items including a banjo, fiddle, and mandolin along with an American flag and some photos. It is situated next to a text panel that explains its significance, along with a screen where visitors can watch an interview the Briton gave to Earl Scruggs Center Executive Director, Mary Beth Martin, earlier this year.
The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.