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The decision by Ralph Stanley to record an album paying tribute to first family of country music, the Carter Family, should come as no surprise. For starters, Stanley lives in Coeburn, Va., a stones-throw away from Bristol, Va., where the Carters lived and made their Big Bang mark in music in 1927 with the famous Ralph Peer-recorded sessions, which helped make country music commercially viable. And then when Stanley was getting started in music, he opened a show for the Carter Family with brother Carter. The Stanleys later played and recorded Carter Family songs during their career together. ...
After more than 50 years on the front line of bluegrass and old time music, one could expect Ralph Stanley to take life a little bit easier at 74. No such "luck" for the man considered the successor to Bill Monroe in carrying the mantle of bluegrass, participating in the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, which doubtlessly has furthered his career, and releasing albums of his own, including "Clinch Mountain Sweethearts" this fall. Not to mention touring on around the country and participating in more recording sessions. ...
Dr. Ralph Stanley is certainly a legendary singer, songwriter and bluegrass musician. At 71, he is one of the genre's most enduring figures. A true American icon, if ever there was one, the influence he has had in over half a century of making music is without question. And now, that influence is well-documented, in a double-CD set "Clinch Mountain Country," just out from Virginia-based Rebel Records. It's Stanley's 30th project for the venerable label. What distinguishes this project, ...