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The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys

If you even think you know bluegrass, you have to know Ralph (born 1927) and Carter Stanley (born 1925), the Stanley Brothers. Parallel to Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, though not with their renown, were Virginians Ralph and Carter, mountain boys who took those mountains and their traditions and their songs and wove them into a traditional bluegrass sound of utter purity, simplicity, and astonishing beauty. Their first band, formed around 1947, played more of a mountain/folk music reminiscent of the old string bands, changing to their style of ultra-traditional bluegrass when Monroe's band became popular. Even on their recordings in the early '50s, the Stanleys' unmistakable sound is there, with guitarist Carter singing lead and banjo player Ralph singing tenor harmony. In the opinion of many, Carter possessed the best lead voice in bluegrass history -- rich, emotional, and (in the best sense of the word) lonely. He took a happy song and sang it sad; he took a sad song and sang it sadder. And Ralph's unworldly mountain tenor matched his brother's voice perfectly, soaring above and often lightening the emotional load of the lyrics, creating a duet unsurpassed in country history.

Ralph and Carter were born into a musical family -- their father sang and their mother played banjo. As teenagers, the brothers began performing around their hometown. After graduating from high school, the siblings both served in the Army during World War II. Carter was discharged before Ralph. When he returned to the States he got a job singing in Roy Sykes' Blue Ridge Mountain Boys. He quit the group as soon as Ralph returned from the Army in October of 1946, and the brothers formed a band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Stanley Brothers had a regular gig at WNVA Norton for a few months. Then they moved to the Bristol, TN-based WCYB, where they appeared regularly on the Farm and Fun Time program. While they appeared on the show, they gained quite a following and soon signed a contract with the Rich-R-Tone label. The Stanleys made their first records early in 1947, the same year they began playing various radio stations in the South, including ones in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Kentucky. The Brothers and their five-piece Clinch Mountain Boys were developing their style, moving from traditional string band sounds to a Monroe-inspired bluegrass style. During the late '40s and early '50s, several well-respected musicians passed through the band, including Curly Lambert, Pee Wee Lambert, Chubby Anthony, and Bill Napier.

After recording ten songs for Rich-R-Tone, the Stanley Brothers were signed to Columbia in 1948. For the next three years, they stayed with Columbia, producing 22 songs during their stint at the label -- these songs would become bluegrass classics. For a brief time in 1951, the Stanley Brothers broke up. Carter sang with Monroe and made a handful of records with the father of bluegrass. Ralph was sidelined for several months following a car crash. The break was brief and the band was back together before the end of the year.

In the summer of 1953, they left Columbia for Mercury Records. During the mid-'50s, they made a series of recordings that expanded their boundaries, as they played gospel, honky tonk, instrumentals, and a number of original songs.

At the end of the decade, the Brothers left Mercury and signed to both Starday and King, moved to Live Oak, FL, and began playing the Swannee River Jamboree. In the early '60s, they played a number of television shows and concerts throughout the South and recorded numerous records. However, the duo began to suffer financial problems beginning in 1961, which meant they couldn't afford to retain a whole band. Nevertheless, the Stanley Brothers continued to tour, playing clubs and various bluegrass festivals. However, they rarely left the South and their career suffered because of this. They recorded for a number of smaller labels after leaving King, though none of the records sold much. In 1966, Carter became seriously ill. On December 1 of that year, he passed away. He was only 41 years old.

Ralph continued performing with a new lineup of the Clinch Mountain Boys. For the next three decades, he performed with various new lineups of the band, playing festivals and clubs and recording numerous records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & David Vinopal, Rovi
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Comments

Ocjoe99. When you get to heaven turn
Right on Blue Grass Ave to continue enjoying good music
I love this music remember gathering on sat in the yard with family and listen to them sing and play and today I still think Gospel music is the best.
aegis22
On Jan 29th 2014 while at a I-10 McDonalds I saw the Ralph Stanley Bus pull in the parking lot..... Off came the Clinch Mt Boys and Mr Ralph Stanley. I shook his hand and stood in awe. Very nice to meet him. Les Cooper
Thats so real good pickin. Lovin it. :o))
Blue Grass Music is one of the Best Old Timer Music around says james C.T. I am 81 Yrs young, Bless all of the old Timer Music Lovers.
tears , I love it !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
wmtroy15
pandora. I would love to donate money. What I approve of is the ability to donate a certian sum without feeling that I have to. If you set it up where I can donate without any records that it was me, and it didn't become a request I will do so.
I've said it before and I'll say it again..Pando r a is doing us all a great service by bringing stuff to our attention..s t u f f that we might never have found. The accompanying notes also provide a musical education. Fantastic.
Music back then have family together its better than now
There is lots of good Blue Grass Music but Ralph and Carter Stanley are one of the Best in Blue Grass Music. It was a big loss when we lost Carter being so young because of health problems.
I grew up listening and loving the Stanley Brothers...m y dad is now passed but I can still hear him singing Rank Strangers..B l u e g r a s s doesn't get any better than this...
If there was ever anything better than BLUEGRASS MUSIC, the GOOD LORD KEPT IT FOR HIS SELF. GOD BLESS.
Love blue grass the song from o brother wheres artho
I have Loved Bluegrass music all my life and will love it till I am gone
My wife tells me of times going to Mr. Stanley's home with her family to pick and sing with him and his sons.
bluegrass is the real music of america, it was started when things were tuff and money was hard to get. i am from the golden ages and i love it. keep listen to bluegrass, a southern boy and i love it.
A last I am happy again...just tapping my. Toe again to real music again
Best. Music energizing, uplifting and I foind it on pandora!!!!! !
annagumpert
define yourself--Hi l l B i l l y
I am a hill Billy.
Reminds me of my childhood when everyone gathered on Sat. eve to plaly!
LOVE THIS MUSIC
i could be a a hilly billy
stu kelly this blue grass is the best
What wonderful memories these Blue Grass Bands bring back. As a child many years ago while sitting around the radio an listening to them.
God bless the stanley's
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountains Boys are one of the best in Blue Grass
Music
beneflguy
Put Patty Loveless with any of these artist and you really got some bluegrass sound. she can hold a note longer than any woman I know. These are some fantastic country bluegrass players.
Words can't do this lineup any justice. They are the stuff of LEGEND. This music will endure for eons.
the best
My dad always listened to them and I love it myself
best in the world
davidk171
awesome
tremendous.
It's not often a person can sing a song and make your heart ache.....in a good way.
bernie604
GREAT MUSIC. I LOVE IT.
the best hands down
best bluegrass band ever!
Incredible, I can't believe I've lived 40 years without knowing about Ralph Stanley
they bless my soul

Love 'em.
didn't realize how good I had it growing up around the Stanley Bros.
I like Let me love you one more time also Could you love me one more time. I would like a copy of both
onca in a life time we see greatness imparted to a few
muntzy27
stanley bros., scruggs and flatt, and bill monroe are the apex of bluegrass!! they can all play eachothers tunes to a T. comparable to stevie ray vaughn playing jimmi hendrix tunes.
ralph and carter stanley is most great singer that ever went on stage to preform ............ . . . . .
sassyjan
flawless,pur e sweet sound

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