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By David W. Johnson

Carter and Ralph Stanley--the Stanley Brothers--are similar to invoice Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as very important participants of the earliest new release of bluegrass musicians. during this first biography of the brothers, writer David W. Johnson files that Carter (1925-1966) and Ralph (b. 1927) have been both vital participants to the culture of old-time state song. jointly from 1946 to 1966, the Stanley Brothers all started their careers acting within the schoolhouses of southwestern Virginia and increased their reputation to the live performance halls of Europe.

In order to re-create this post-World struggle II trip in the course of the altering panorama of yank track, the writer interviewed Ralph Stanley, the kin of Carter Stanley, former contributors of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and dozens of musicians and pals who knew the Stanley Brothers as musicians and males. The overdue Mike Seeger allowed Johnson to take advantage of his helpful 1966 interviews with the brothers. awesome old-time state and bluegrass musicians equivalent to George Shuffler, Lester Woodie, Larry Sparks, and the past due Wade Mainer shared their reminiscences of Carter and Ralph.

Lonesome Melodies starts and results in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Carter and Ralph have been born there and had an early exposure picture taken on the Cumberland hole. In December 1966, pallbearers walked up Smith Ridge to convey Carter to his ultimate resting position. within the intervening years, the brothers played millions of in-person and radio indicates, recorded hundreds of thousands of songs and tunes for part a dozen checklist labels, and attempted to maintain velocity with altering occasions whereas closing precise to the spirit of old-time nation track. because of their accomplishments, they've got develop into a regular of musical authenticity.

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