1. EDD MAYFIELD
Mayfield, a native of Dimmit, performed in a trio with his two brothers before going to work with Bill Monroe as one of Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Monroe was impressed with Mayfield’s powerful singing and guitar playing, but, being from an agrarian background himself, he was most impressed with Mayfield’s rodeo skills. Mayfield’s tenure with Monroe fell at an unfortunate time, as rock and roll had decimated country music — and Monroe’s career. According to Mayfield’s brother, Herb, he was “starved out” of the Bluegrass Boys twice but continued to rejoin when he could afford to do so.
2. EDDIE SHELTON
In the early days of Texas bluegrass, the five-string banjo was the rarest of instruments because it wasn’t also at home in a western swing band. Shelton heard a Flatt