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Ralph Stanley II

Imagine having to live up to a father's legacy that includes 55 years spent at the top of a very public profession, plus more than 100 recordings. Those are some huge shoes to fill when the father is Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass giant who simply shines on the banjo. His son, Ralph Stanley II, aka "Two," no doubt suffered from a fair share of apprehension when he decided to become a musician, too. As he began his own solo career, however, his recordings made his journey seem almost effortless. Critics and lovers of bluegrass responded immediately and favorably to his first release from Rebel Records, Listen to My Hammer Ring. When the younger Stanley followed up with Pretty Girls, City Lights, the release received an equally enthusiastic welcome.

Although he now plays the guitar, Stanley's first introduction to a musical instrument came when he was three years old and started on the banjo, his father's instrument of choice for more than five decades. His dad taught him to play until he decided that he'd rather take up the guitar two years later. Still, he hadn't set his sights on becoming a professional until he was about 12 years old. Inspiration came in the form of Keith Whitley, whom the younger Stanley saw in a video that was made when Whitley sang with the Clinch Mountain Boys sometime during the 1970s. Once he decided what he really wanted to do, Stanley pursued his dream by practicing and practicing some more, perfecting his guitar playing in the family basement. By 1995, his dream came true when he, too, joined the Clinch Mountain Boys and his dad on-stage, playing guitar and singing lead vocals. Frequently fans compare his voice to that of his uncle, the late Carter Stanley. A year after joining the band, Stanley graduated from high school. He wed in 2000, and he and wife Kristi reside in his hometown of Coeburn, VA. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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Like father like son I love them both
jmcclure4747
On his way to join the great ones
Yes he does a excellent great... i can hear he's dads old music in him like from the 60's the old folk music.
gusry904
This Apple Fell Far From The Tree, Not True Bluegrass Music, Most Of The Songs are More Country and The Band Instrument Mix is Not Right.
HOPE YOU ALL CAN SEE AND HEAR THE TRUE TALENT OF THIS YOUNG MAN!!! A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.
I had an opportunity to see the young Stanley in Pennsylvania when he was barely 17 and still in school. I was impressed with his voice. He has that good, solid, country sound. Though his choice is bluegrass and he does a fine job with it, he would be equally as good doing traditional country music as well. Nice to see the younger generation pick up the ball and run with it. Ralph Sr must be one proud Dad!
I have seen him perform a couple of times. Some people want to ride daddy's coat tails but Ralph II is the real deal. He has an amazing voice. In an industry that is being overrun by wannabes, its nice to know true country is alive
stevetatega
like father like son another legand in the making
Hi there Ralph, you probally know that you are my young texas hobo. I really enjoyed setting on the old bus,and listening to you play those old stanley tunes,, and those new tunes that you would sing for me. remember all those coke a colas we would inhale. your friend, sALYERSVILLE HILLBILLY.. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO. ,

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