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Listen: Brian Setzer Goes Bluegrass on 'Earl's Breakdown'

Rockabilly legend experiments on new album

March 10, 2011 3:15 PM ET
Listen: Brian Setzer Goes Bluegrass on 'Earl's Breakdown'

Click to listen to Brian Setzer's "Earl's Breakdown"

Brian Setzer's latest album Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! finds the guitarist stepping out of his usual rockabilly and big band comfort zone for an album of instrumentals including this cover of Earl Scruggs' jazz-bluegrass classic "Earl's Breakdown." The album won't be in stores until April 19th, but you can hear his rendition of that song here right now.

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