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By David W. Johnson

Carter and Ralph Stanley--the Stanley Brothers--are similar to invoice Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as vital contributors of the earliest iteration 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 individuals to the culture of old-time state track. jointly from 1946 to 1966, the Stanley Brothers all started their careers appearing within the schoolhouses of southwestern Virginia and multiplied their attractiveness to the live performance halls of Europe.

In order to re-create this post-World warfare II trip in the course of the altering panorama of yank song, the writer interviewed Ralph Stanley, the family members of Carter Stanley, former participants of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and dozens of musicians and associates who knew the Stanley Brothers as musicians and males. The past due Mike Seeger allowed Johnson to exploit his useful 1966 interviews with the brothers. remarkable old-time nation and bluegrass musicians corresponding to George Shuffler, Lester Woodie, Larry Sparks, and the past due Wade Mainer shared their reminiscences of Carter and Ralph.

Lonesome Melodies starts off and leads to the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Carter and Ralph have been born there and had an early exposure photo taken on the Cumberland hole. In December 1966, pallbearers walked up Smith Ridge to deliver Carter to his ultimate resting position. within the intervening years, the brothers played hundreds of thousands of in-person and radio indicates, recorded 1000's of songs and tunes for part a dozen checklist labels, and attempted to maintain velocity with altering occasions whereas closing actual to the spirit of old-time state song. due to their accomplishments, they've got develop into a customary of musical authenticity.

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