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Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times by Ralph Stanley

My daddy raised me on old-time music, and hearing the songs today makes me homesick for the mountains. I also remember hearing that Ralph was a big Dylan fan, and had recordings of his folk songs put to banjo. When this book came out, I knew I had to read it. I read this book with another Stanley Brother fan ... Mr. Garrett, a blind man the same age as Ralph. Reading the memoirs aloud, I noticed my voice began to take on a hillbilly twang. Ralph wrote his story the way he talks ... country, down-home. Mr. Garrett had something to say about all of the anecdotes and musical history. When reading about the boyhood days of Ralph and his older brother Carter, Mr. Garrett said it was like we were raised on the same front porch.

I especially liked how Ralph Stanley honored his mother and kept Carters memory alive. He included stories about his various band members and other bluegrass legends, such as Reno & Smiley and Bill Monroe. I thoroughly enjoyed A Man of Constant Sorrow. After reading the book, I went out and got his CD Cry From the Cross. Since he was a boy singing at the Primitive Baptist church on Clinch Mountain, he was said to have the 100-year-old voice. Ralph sings from the heart and can make me cry. He jokes that he has finally grown into his voice, and he still has several years to go. May the Stanley Sound live on!
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Man of Constant Sorrow

The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Willie Johnson, Golden Gate Quartet - I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow (vintage.
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When Bill Monroe died in , many feared that bluegrass would be buried with him. With his hawklike features, white sideburns and appropriate attire, Monroe embodied more than bluegrass style, he defined the entire genre in our public consciousness. What gets missed in the wake created by these higher-profile projects are the tremors of brilliance that have existed all along among the existing players. But in the past year, he has been swept into an acoustic whirlpool, as a trio of pursuits O Brother tour dates, an upcoming AKUS album and his own solo recording, Carry Me Across the Mountain have made him a household voice, even if he may not be a household name. Especially because some of the other [actors] were doing their own stuff. We actually went into the studio and I played some guitar and he wanted to sing.

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My Life and Times

Nov 02, ISBN Oct 15, ISBN , The Stanley Brothers were an American bluegrass duo of singer-songwriters and musicians made up of brothers Carter Stanley and Ralph Stanley Ralph kept the band name when he continued as a solo artist after Carter's death, from until his own death in

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