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Ralphstanley_1Artist: Dr. Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys

Album: Clinch Mountain Bluegrass (1994)

Download Track: Rank Stranger

While they lack any formal medical training, Dr. Ralph Stanley and his Boys won’t hesitate to open your heart… with their old time Appalachian-inspired Gospel-infused Bluegrass that is.  Born in 1926, Ralph Stanley learned to play "claw-hammer" style banjo from his mother and teamed up with his brother Carter to form the Stanley Brothers in 1946.  After Carter’s death in 1966, Ralph continued to perform, eventually reviving his old band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, and toured extensively until 2003.  Though his stark, mournful track "O Death" won considerable acclaim in the Coen brothers’ 2000 film "O Brother Where Art Thou", I think that Ralph’s old timey spirit is best captured by more uptempo tunes like "Rank Stranger".  Check it out.

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  1. MANdrew
    Mar 13, 2006 @ 15:17:41

    yes very nice.

  2. MOD
    Mar 13, 2006 @ 12:01:07

    Good stuff, Fidel. Keep ’em comin’.