When I was living in the south I listened to a lot of country music and Grand Old Opry. Flatt and Scruggs were a staple. Earl Scruggs played the banjo. Played it like I'd never heard before. Played it like you have heard since he inspired most of the banjo players across the world.
His web site is here.
Here are some videos from youtube to see what he was like:
A sad week.