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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:06 PM
My family is going to see him and the Clinch Mountain Boys on Halloween night in Harrisburg, PA. I scored front row center tickets a few months back. I couldn't believe I got 4 together! Dr. Stanley's voice is so eerie...I think it will be such a perfect thing to do on Halloween.

Have any of you seen The Clinch Mountain Boys in concert?



[Edited on 10/30/2008 by Mudflapgirl]

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:58 PM
Yes, I saw him at the Christmas Jam a couple years back. They were pretty good. You could had heard a pin drop in the civic center when he was singing with no intruments, the kind of prayer singing he does. He also played the songs from O Brother. I hope you enjoy him, we did.......

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 02:29 PM
I've liked Ralph and Carter and everything since...Since he endorsed Obama I'm ready to get the tshirt!

The show should be hardcore Bluegrass...if you like that you'll love Dr. Ralph...

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 02:33 PM
If you love bluegrass and old-time traditional "mountain music" and gospel, you're certainly going to be hearing one of the orginal Masters of that style of music.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 03:16 PM
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Yes, I saw him at the Christmas Jam a couple years back. They were pretty good. You could had heard a pin drop in the civic center when he was singing with no intruments, the kind of prayer singing he does. He also played the songs from O Brother. I hope you enjoy him, we did.......
You're right, everyone enjoyed that set and he was so charming talking about how grateful they were that we would listen to that type of music.

 

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Yes, I saw him at the Christmas Jam a couple years back. They were pretty good. You could had heard a pin drop in the civic center when he was singing with no intruments, the kind of prayer singing he does. He also played the songs from O Brother. I hope you enjoy him, we did.......
You're right, everyone enjoyed that set and he was so charming talking about how grateful they were that we would listen to that type of music.



Your right Jay, He did seem like he felt a little out of place. I thought he was definitely in the right place........

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 04:01 PM
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Yes, I saw him at the Christmas Jam a couple years back. They were pretty good. You could had heard a pin drop in the civic center when he was singing with no intruments, the kind of prayer singing he does. He also played the songs from O Brother. I hope you enjoy him, we did.......
You're right, everyone enjoyed that set and he was so charming talking about how grateful they were that we would listen to that type of music.



Your right Jay, He did seem like he felt a little out of place. I thought he was definitely in the right place........

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 05:06 PM
I happened to see him/them at the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, MA maybe 7 years ago (during the "O Brother Where Art Thou" period) and they were great. Their song "Oh Death" is so eerie and powerful. I love bluegrass, but this was the first and only time I ever saw such an authentic presentation from one of its founders. I'm glad to hear that he and the boys are still going strong. Have fun and please report back.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 05:12 PM
Yeah he was great at that Christmas Jam a few years ago. You're gonna have a great time.


 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 05:22 PM
Dr. Ralph is a living music legend and the real deal. While many put him in the bluegrass category, what he plays is mountain soul, going back to the music of the mountains that predates bluegrass music's start in 1945. He started out in the 1940's with his equally legendary brother Carter Stanley who could only be described as singing white man's blues. Carter, unfortunately, drank himself to an early death in the 1960's, but Ralph has hung in there and kept the music alive.

Here is what Derek Trucks told me about Dr. Ralph in an interview (http://www.swampland.com/articles/view/swampland/27);

" I think Ralph was the gateway for me. When I heard him, its such an immediate sound. It reminded me of hearing John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, or Mahalia Jackson for the first time. You immediately know its the real deal. So yeah, I definitely listen to him."

Here is what Warren Haynes said to me about Dr. Ralph as well as his appearance at Warren's Christmas Jam;

" Hes unbelievable. I mean, as far as Im concerned, Ralph Stanley equals Miles Davis, equals Muddy Waters, equals Otis Redding. Were talking about giants. I mean, regardless of what field youre talking about, these are the guys. That was amazing, when Ralph agreed to be a part of (the Christmas Jam), because I had never met him prior to that night. When he said yeah, hed be involved, I was ecstatic. The first thing I did was call my Dad and tell him. But, the cool thing was, aside from the fact that youve got all of these different types of musicians sharing the stage, you got John Scofield on the same stage with Ralph Stanley. I mean, how cool is that? But, he (Stanley) was the one act that night that every musician made a point of watching. And so, were standing on stage, and every artist in every band is somewhere onstage watching Ralph Stanley. Im standing next to Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady and Casady is telling me how he saw the Stanley Brothers in the 50s. (laughing)"

I have interviewed Dr. Ralph a few times and the most comprehensive one about his music and his roots and hanging out with the legendary AP Carter of the Carter Family as a young man is here - http://www.swampland.com/articles/view/swampland/64

This past July I interviewed Dr. Ralph's long time banjo player Steve Sparkman who got into what the Stanley Style of playing is really about. That is here - http://www.herald-dispatch.com/homepage/x859503813/Ralph-Stanley-to-perform -in-Lincoln-County/index.html?printview=true

All of those years ago, it was Dr. Ralph's mother who taught him how to play the banjo in the Clinch Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Dr. Ralph is in his 80's now, as is his equally legendary buddy Doc Watson (who played and sang his version of the Moody Blues "Nights In White Satin" at his concert last weekend in Boone, NC, by the way), so now is the time to see these legends while they are still alive.

Stanley's music is the antithesis of all of the modern day music found on TV and the airwaves right now, powerful music that is dirt real and could be heard out on a mountain somewhere with no electricity for miles. Still, Dr. Ralph's involvement in the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" movie soundtrack is a part of why that album has sold over 8 million copies to date. Songs that I like that he has been playing again lately is "A Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave" and the fun romp "Redbird," a good one to call out if he asks for requests.

DH



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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:55 PM
Dr Stanley at the Christmas Jam, with I believe his grandson.



 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 10:40 PM
I have my "Ralph Stanley for President" bumper sticker.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 11:53 PM
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I have my "Ralph Stanley for President" bumper sticker.




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http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/new_obama_ad_in_sou th_stars_bl.php

New Obama Ad In South Stars Bluegrass Legend Saying Obama Is "A Good Man"
By Greg Sargent - October 2, 2008, 12:36PM

Now this is a good ad. A Virginia Democrats sends over a new radio spot that Obama is airing in the southern part of the state -- it stars homegrown bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley vouching for Obama's values and character to the tune of some banjo pickin' in the background.

Give it a listen: http://blip.tv/file/get/Tpmtv-ObamaRadioAdRalphStanley827.mp3


 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 12:03 AM
Seen Ralph and the Boys a dozen times or so... He's a treasure, should be carved into solid rock.


 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 12:21 AM
I like Dr. Stanley very much

Never seen him though!

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 07:09 AM
Thanks for all the comments, y'all!

We're really looking forward to it. My only real exposure to 'old school' bluegrass has been Del McCoury. My family loves his family band. I hope to be able to sneak a pic or two from my perch. Might not be able to, though....

Peace!

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 08:01 AM
Seen him many times, including twice at his festival. Have MANY Cds, tapes and vinyl albums of both him, and The Stanley Bros. Ralph Stanley IS bluegrass!!!! And yes I have a Ralph for president bumper sticker. And what's more, I'd vote for him if he ran.
 

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Thanks for all the comments, y'all!

We're really looking forward to it. My only real exposure to 'old school' bluegrass has been Del McCoury. My family loves his family band. I hope to be able to sneak a pic or two from my perch. Might not be able to, though....

Peace!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!





Safe travels to the show, have a great time!!

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 10:21 AM
When I was a kid in the 60s, my Dad was a huge bluegrass fan, and bluegrass records played on our hi-fi like ABB played in my house when my son was growing up. He had all the Stanley Brothers records, and everything else he could get his hands on. He's been dead for 20 years, but I know he'd be happy that folks like us would be talking about the music he loved all his life, and that Ralph Stanley would still be kicking out a tune.

This is kind of like seeing Muddy Waters. I know you'll enjoy it.

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 10:26 AM
After the show, my family and I are headed to NY for the weekend, so I will do my best to get a $.02 review on Monday back onto this thread...

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 11:10 AM
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I have my "Ralph Stanley for President" bumper sticker.


That's funny. I just saw one this morning on a work-truck around the corner where they're building a new house. It seemed so out-of-place that I had to do a double-take.

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 11:12 AM
Out - of - place is the new "In".....


 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 02:02 PM
Alright, cool to see that folks have taking the time to see Dr. Ralph in concert. Sweet.

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Out - of - place is the new "In".....



Exactly. Ralph Stanley is so anti-modern and anti-hip that it makes him hip.

 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 02:08 PM
yes
 

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  posted on 10/31/2008 at 02:14 PM
The Stanley Brothers are my favorite bluegrass group.
There are two excellent collections of their recordings on the King label
as well as a couple of nice sets from Bear Family.

Garcia did a few of their songs including Pen in a Pen, The Fields Have
Turned Brown, Little Glass of Wine and White Dove.

Don't miss Ralph if you get the chance.

 
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