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Ralph Stanley

While he preferred the term "mountain music" to "bluegrass," Ralph Stanley ranked second only to Bill Monroe in his importance to the genre. A pioneering clawhammer banjoist and riveting singer, Stanley shot to prominence with his brother Carter and the Clinch Mountain Boys in the '40s and '50s. After Carter's death in 1966, Ralph soldiered on, riding waves of popularity in the '60s folk revival and the '70s bluegrass festival scene. In 2000, his a cappella rendering of "O Death" became the musical centerpiece of the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? film and earned Stanley his biggest sales.

Born in Stratton, Virginia in 1927, Ralph Stanley and his older brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys. In 1946 Ralph and Carter were being broadcast from radio station WCYB in Bristol, Virginia. The music, which was inspired by their Virginia mountain home, was encouraged by their mother, who taught Ralph the clawhammer style of banjo picking. They recorded for such companies as the small Rich-R-Tone label and later Columbia, a relationship that lasted from 1949 until 1952. These classic sessions defined the Stanleys' own approach to bluegrass and made them as important as Bill Monroe. After leaving Columbia, the Stanleys were with Mercury, Starday, and King. Leaning more toward gospel at times, Carter and Ralph made a place for themselves in the music industry. In December 1966, Carter Stanley died in a Virginia hospital after a steady decline in health. He was just 41 years old. After much consideration and grief, Ralph carried on without Carter. Already their haunting mountain melodies made them stand apart from other bluegrass bands, but Ralph expanded upon this foundation and took his own "high lonesome" vocals to a new plane.

Popular at bluegrass festivals, Ralph and each edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys grew to be one of the most respected outfits in bluegrass. As far west as California and even up in the hollers of Kentucky, people were drawn to the poignant, mournful sound of Ralph Stanley's style. Different from all the rest, Ralph's ability to hit the right notes and chords made him a singer of trailblazing proportions. Ralph continued to record for a wide variety of labels, including Jalyn, Rebel, King Bluegrass, Blue Jay, Jessup, Stanleytone, his own label, and Freeland. He was a devoted family man, but Ralph's constant touring took its toll on his first marriage, a union that produced daughters Lisa Joy and Tonya and oldest son Timothy. His second wife, Jimmie, also a singer, gave him another son late in life; Ralph II followed in both his father's and uncle's footsteps and played in the Clinch Mountain Boys with his dad.

A Bluegrass Hall of Fame member along with Carter, Ralph Stanley was an inspiration to Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Keith Whitley, and even Monroe acolyte Ricky Skaggs. With his raw emotions and three-fingered banjo technique, he helped bring a mountain style of bluegrass music to mainstream audiences. A full survey of the Stanley Brothers' career, including sides they recorded for several different labels, finally appeared in 2007 with Time Life's three-disc Definitive Collection box set. Stanley's brand of bluegrass was always only a half step away from the Appalachian string band and church music of his youth, and in his autumn years he continued to do what he'd always done -- sing and play in a style that could really be called "Mountain Gospel Soul." He marked his 40th year of recording for Rebel Records with the release of A Mother's Prayer in 2011. Ralph Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia in June 2016 at the age of 89. ~ Jana Pendragon & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Old Songs & Ballads

1. Little Maggie

2. Dad's Old Rocky Field

3. Train 45

4. Short Life Of Trouble

5. Gold Watch And Chain

6. Pretty Little Indian

7. Hemlocks And Primroses

8. Rocky Island

9. The Orphan Girl

10. Pretty Polly

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Track List: Old Songs & Ballads - Vol. 2

1. Little Birdie

2. I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers

3. Handsome Molly

4. Cluck Old Hen

5. Man of Constant Sorrow

6. Nine Pound Hammer

7. East Virginia Blues

8. Henry Brown

9. Rose Conley

10. Old Time Pickin'

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Track List: Lonesome And Blue

1. Mountain Rosalie

2. Lonesome And Blue

3. True Blue Bill

4. Wicked Wine

5. Take Me Home With You Tonight In A Song

6. Room At The Top Of The Stairs

7. Who's In Your Heart

8. Somebody Loves You, Darling

9. Old Richmond Prison

10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

11. It's A Hot Night In August

12. So Blue

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Track List: Something Old, Something New

1. Brand New Tennessee Waltz

2. Six More Miles

3. Cluck Old Hen

4. A Little Boy Called Joe

5. Going To Georgia

6. Gloryland

7. Shot-Gun Slade

8. Will You Miss Me

9. Old Time Pickin'

10. Katy Daly

11. That Lonesome Old Song

12. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming

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Track List: Old Country Church

1. Old Country Church

2. My Lord's Been A Walking

3. I Hold A Clear Title

4. Standing By The River

5. 10,000 Angels

6. Village Church Yard

7. Honey In The Rock

8. Give Me The Roses While I Live

9. Green Pastures In The Sky

10. These Men Of God

11. Hide Me Rock Of Ages

12. When I Get Home

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Track List: Let Me Rest On A Peaceful Mountain

1. Hills Of Home

2. My Lord's Gonna Bless Me

3. You Better Sit Down And Pray

4. Looking For The Stone

5. Children, Go Where I Send Thee

6. Baptism Of Jesse Taylor

7. They Won't Believe

8. Zion's Hill

9. Turn Back, Turn Back

10. Thank You Mom

11. Take A Walk

12. Purple Robe

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Track List: Memory Of Your Smile

1. Highway Of Regret

2. Melody Of Love

3. I've Got A Mule To Ride

4. Who Will Call You Sweetheart

5. Bad Case Of The Blues

6. Little Glass Of Wine

7. City Lights

8. Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine

9. What I Wanted Most

10. The Drunken Driver

11. The Memory Of Your Smile

12. Bury Me Under The Pines

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Track List: I'll Wear A White Robe

1. What Is It For A Saint To Die

2. I'll Wear A White Robe

3. Just Over The Stars

4. I'm In A New World

5. Oh Lord, Remember Me

6. No Sorrow Can Reach Us There

7. Old Time Religion

8. Life's Other Side

9. Who Rolled This Stone Away?

10. Walking Up This Hill On Declaration Day

11. Mountain Preacher's Child

12. Oak Grove Church

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Track List: Down Where The River Bends

1. Down Where The River Bends

2. Put My Little Shoes Away

3. Footprints In The Snow

4. Henry Brown

5. Just Dreamin'

6. I'll Just Catch A Train And Ride

7. The Old Old House

8. The Power Of Love

9. Dream Of A Miner's Child

10. I Wanna Sing A Song For Carter

11. Cuttin' The Cornbread

12. Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake

13. Pretty Woman

14. Hometown

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Track List: Old Home Place

1. Old Home Place

2. Hemlocks And Primroses

3. My Deceitful Heart

4. Poor Rambler

5. If That's The Way You Feel

6. Sharecropper's Son

7. Bootleg John

8. Devil's Little Angel

9. That Beautiful Woman

10. Fallen Tears

11. Home In The Mountains

12. Lonesome Without You

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Track List: A Mother's Prayer

1. That Home Far Away

2. It's Time To Wake Up

3. Come All Ye Tenderhearted

4. Let Him Into Your Heart

5. A Mother's Prayer

6. Prince Of Peace

7. Are You Washed In The Blood

8. Lift Him Up, That's All

9. He Suffered For My Reward

10. Let It Go

11. That Wonderful Place

12. I'll Not Be Afraid

13. John The Revelator

14. What Kind Of Man

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Track List: Best Of The Best

1. I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Live)

2. Oh Death

3. Shout Little Lulie (Live)

4. I Only Exist

5. Medicine Springs

6. Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures

7. Hills Of Home

8. Little Maggie

9. Clinch Mountain Backstep

10. Little Birdie

11. Hemlocks And Primroses

12. Little Willie

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Track List: Old-Time Pickin'

1. Rocky Island

2. Shout Little Lulie

3. Battle Ax

4. Pretty Girls, City Lights

5. Cripple Creek

6. I've Got A Mule To Ride

7. Old McDonald / Cindy

8. Shady Grove

9. John Henry

10. Little Birdie

11. Cuttin' The Cornbread

12. Bound To Ride

13. Married Life Blues

14. Black Eyed Susie

15. Kentucky Shine

16. True Blue Bill

17. Dixieland

18. Old Time Pickin'

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Track List: Mountain Preacher's Child

1. The Keys To The Kingdom

2. Troublesome Water

3. Walking Up This Hill On Decoration Day

4. Mountain Preacher's Child

5. The Man In The Middle

6. Just Over The Stars

7. I'll Wear A White Robe

8. The God That Never Fails

9. The Little Old Church By The Road

10. Snow Covered Mound

11. Oak Grove Church

12. I'm In A New World

13. Go Down Moses

14. Looking For The Stone

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Track List: A Distant Land To Roam: Songs Of The Carter Family

1. God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign

2. Little Moses

3. Worried Man Blues

4. Longing For Home

5. Motherless Children

6. Storms Are On The Ocean

7. Keep On The Firing Line

8. Engine 143

9. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

10. Orphan Child

11. Hill Lone And Grey

12. Waves On The Sea

13. Distant Land To Roam

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Track List: Shine On

1. King Of All Kings

2. The Roses Will Bloom

3. The Old Church Yard

4. This Little Light Of Mine

5. My Main Trial Is Yet To Come

6. Sing Songs About Jesus

7. Palms Of Victory

8. On A High, High Mountain

9. The Lowest Valley

10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

11. I'll Fly Away

12. Shine On

13. Why Should We Start And Fear To Die

14. Let Your Light Shine On

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Track List: Short Life Of Trouble

1. Train 45

2. Rose Conley

3. Joking Henry

4. Nobody's Darling

5. I've Always Been A Rambler

6. Short Life Of Trouble

7. Nine Pound Hammer

8. Handsome Molly

9. Shout Lula

10. He's Coming Back To Us Dead

11. A Dark Road Is A Hard Road To Travel

12. On The Banks Of Old Tennessee

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Track List: Great High Mountain

1. I've Always Been A Rambler

2. Bootleg John

3. Who Will Call You Sweetheart

4. Go And Leave Me If You Wish To

5. Great High Mountain

6. Sharecropper's Son (Feat. JImmy Martin)

7. Clinch Mountain Backstep

8. I'm Lonesome Without You

9. Turn Back, Turn Back

10. I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers

11. Wild Geese Cry Again

12. I've Got A Mule To Ride

13. Amazing Grace

14. Home In The Mountains

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Track List: Poor Rambler

Disc 1

1. Sharecropper's Son

2. Hemlock and Primroses

3. That Beautiful Woman

4. Poor Rambler

5. Lonesome

6. Lost Train

7. Row Hoe

8. Wonderful World Outside

9. Sweet Sally Brown

10. Love Please Stay

11. I'm Better Off Now That You're Gone

12. You Could Never Be True

13. Roll On Buddy

14. I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When

15. I'm Coming Down The Road

16. Rabbit In The Log

17. In The Pines

Disc 2

1. Over The Sunset Hill

2. Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures

3. What Kind Of Man

4. I Want A Clear Record

5. Prepare Me O Lord

6. I Wanna Go Home

7. Little Solider For Jesus

8. Jesse James Prayed

9. Snow Covered Mound

10. I'll Be With Dad And Mother

11. Thou Long Expected Jesus

12. Be Ready To Go

13. Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side

14. Old Crossroad

Disc 3

1. Hills Of Home

2. Darling Brown Eyes

3. My Long Skinny Lanky Sarah Jane

4. Coosy

5. Midnight Storm

6. Let's Go To The Fair

7. Dark Hollow

8. Dug-Gunn Shame

9. Kitten And The Cat

10. California

11. I Only Exist

12. Medicine Springs

13. Footprints In The Snow

14. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

15. God Gave You To Me

16. Stone Walls And Steel Bars

17. I Only Exist

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Track List: The Very Best Of Ralph Stanley

1. Ridin' That Midnight Train

2. The Fields Have Turned Brown

3. Little Maggie

4. Will You Miss Me?

5. Hard Times

6. I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages

7. Little Birdie

8. Man Of Constant Sorrow

9. Dad's Old Rocky Field

10. Clinch Mountain Backstep

11. Rank Stranger

12. Pretty Polly

13. Oh, Death

14. Katie Daley

15. The Lonesome River

16. Angel Band

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Track List: Live At The Smithsonian

1. Orange Blossom Special (Live)

2. Lonesome Old Song (Live)

3. Bill Cheatham (Live)

4. Nobody's Love Like Mine (Live)

5. Katy Daley (Live)

6. Maple On The Hill (Live)

7. Tennesse Stud (Live)

8. White Dove (Live)

9. Rank Strangers To Me (Live)

10. If I Lose / Kitten And The Cat (Live)

11. Dark Hollow (Live)

12. Hemlock And Primroses (Live)

13. Ridin' That Midnight Train (Live)

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Track List: Clinch Mountain Sweethearts

1. Ridin' That Midnight Train (Feat. Iris DeMent)

2. Will You Miss Me (Feat. Pam Tillis)

3. Little Willie (Feat. Patty Mitchell)

4. Oh, Death (Feat. Gillian Welch)

5. Loving You Too Well (Feat. Dolly Parton)

6. The Memory Of Your Smile (Feat. Maria Muldaur)

7. Are You Tired Of Me, Darling (Feat. Sara Evans)

8. Weeping Willow (Feat. Joan Baez)

9. I'll Never Grow Tired Of You (Feat. Kristi Stanley)

10. Rank Stranger (Feat. Gail Davies)

11. Trust Each Other (Feat. Iris DeMent)

12. Angel Band (Feat. Chely Wright)

13. You Win Again (Feat. Melba Montgomery)

14. I'm Ready To Go (Feat. Jeannie Seely)

15. Farther Along (Feat. Lucinda Williams)

16. I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers (Feat. Valerie Smith)

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Track List: Cry From The Cross

1. Cry From The Cross

2. You're Drifting On

3. Will He Wait A Little Longer

4. Bright Morning Star

5. Death Is Only A Dream

6. Come On Little Children

7. Take Your Shoes Off Moses

8. Stairway To Heaven

9. I Am The Man, Thomas

10. Step Out In The Sunshine

11. Sinner Man

12. Two Coats

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Track List: Clinch Mountain Gospel

1. Over In The Gloryland

2. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

3. Oh, Death

4. There'll Be None On The Other Side

5. Mother's Not Dead

6. Jesus Savior Pilot Me

7. Travelling The Highway Home

8. I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages

9. Amazing Grace

10. What A Price

11. Are You Afraid To Die

12. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)

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Track List: Man Of Constant Sorrow

1. Man Of Constant Sorrow

2. Goin' Upp Home To Live In Green Pastures

3. Rocky Island

4. Old Richmond Prison

5. Oh Death

6. Hard Times

7. Angel Band

8. Little Birdy

9. I Am Weary

10. Dream Of A Miner's Child

11. Calling My Children Home

12. Poor Rambler

13. I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages

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Track List: While The Ages Roll On

1. Dad's Old Rocky Field

2. Are You Ready

3. Gone Away With A Friend

4. Daddy's Wildwood Flower

5. While The Ages Roll On

6. Old Job

7. The Day Is Past And Gone

8. Man From Galilee

9. One Drop Of Water

10. Because He Loved Me

11. Waiting For Me

12. A Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave

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Track List: Clinch Mountain Country

Disc 1

1. How Mountain Girls Can Love

2. Shouting On The Hills Of Glory

3. Pretty Polly

4. The Window Up Above

5. I Just Got Wise

6. If That's The Way You Feel

7. Nobody's Love Is Like Mine

8. Memories Of Mother

9. The Lonesome River

10. Old Love Letters

11. She's More To Be Pitied

12. When I Wake Up To Sleep No More

13. Another Night

14. Gold Watch And Chain

15. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

16. I'll Take The Blame

17. How Can We Thank Him For What He Has Done

18. I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages

Disc 2

1. Pig In A Pen

2. I Only Exist

3. A Lonesome Night

4. Pretty Little Miss In The Garden

5. The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn

6. Stone Walls And Steel Bars

7. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

8. Let Me Love You One More Time

9. The White Dove

10. Will You Ever Miss Me At All

11. Lonesome Banjo Man

12. Are You Afraid To Die

13. Way Down Deep

14. If I Lose

15. I'm Going That Way

16. Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet

17. My Deceitful Heart

18. Bright Morning Star

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Track List: My All & All

1. Jesus On The Mainline

2. He's My All And All

3. I'll Be Wearing A Crown Of Glory

4. This Old Troublesome World

5. Loving Grace Of God

6. The Uncloudy Day

7. I'm Not Ashamed

8. We Are Drinking From The Fountain

9. Take Me Home

10. While Eternal Ages Roll

11. Two Coats

12. I Firmly Promise You

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Track List: Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys: 1971-1973

Disc 1

1. I Am The Man, Thomas

2. Take Your Shoes Off, Moses

3. Death Is Only A Dream

4. Brand New Tennessee Waltz

5. Two Coats

6. Bright Morning Star

7. Come On Little Children

8. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming

9. Cry From The Cross

10. Step Out In The Sunshine

11. You're Drifting On

12. Gloryland

13. Stairway To Heaven

14. Will He Wait A Little Longer

15. Sinner Man

16. Shotgun Slade

17. Old-Time Pickin'

18. I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers

Disc 2

1. John Henry

2. Pretty Little Indian

3. Little Birdie

4. Cripple Creek

5. East Virginia Blues

6. Little Glass Of Wine

7. Somebody Touched Me

8. Sally Goodin'

9. Working On A Building

10. Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms

11. Bound To Ride

12. Mississippi Sawyer

13. Goin' To Georgia

14. All The Love I Had Is Gone

15. Will You Miss Me

16. Katy Daly

17. A Little Boy Called Joe

18. Six More Miles

19. Cluck Old Hen

20. That Lonesome Old Song

Disc 3

1. Man Of Constant Sorrow

2. Pretty Polly

3. Maple On The Hill

4. Clinch Mountain Backstep

5. Lisa's Joy

6. Don't Ask Me Why

7. All I Ever Loved Was You

8. God Gave You To Me

9. Little Maggie

10. Flood Of '57

11. Old Country Church

12. When I Get Home

13. These Men Of God

14. My Lord's Been Walking

15. Green Pastures In The Sky

16. Give Me The Roses Now

17. Honey In The Rock

18. Hide Me Rock Of Ages

19. 10,000 Angels

20. Standing By The River

21. Village Church Yard

22. I Hold A Clear Title

23. Bill Cheatum

24. On And On

25. What About You

26. Gonna Paint The Town

27. I Wonder How Old The Folks Are At Home

28. Who Will Sing For Me

Disc 4

1. Love Me Darling Just Tonight

2. Poison Love

3. Ridin' That Midnight Train

4. Loving You Too Well

5. Nobodys Love Is Like Mine

6. Cumberland Gap

7. Shout Little Lulie

8. Rocky Island

9. Old Time Pickin

10. John Henry

11. Little Birdie

12. Bound To Ride

13. The Lonesome River

14. The Fields Have Turned Brown

15. Hard Times

16. Train 45

17. Gold Watch And Chain

18. You Know I'll Be Lonesome

19. The Orphan Girl

20. I'm Going That Way

21. Brighter Mansion

22. Who Is That?

23. Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures

24. I Wanna Make Heaven My Home

25. Rank Strangers

26. Angel Band

27. I Want To Preach The Gospel

28. Dark And Thorny Is The Desert

29. Great High Mountain

30. A Rose Among The Thorns

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Track List: Almost Home

1. God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds

2. Old Ship Of Zion

3. Almost Home

4. Thy Will Be Done

5. It's Heaven On Earth To Walk With The Lord

6. Village Church Yard

7. I'll Live In Glory

8. I've Got To Cross That Lonely River

9. The Day Is Past And Gone

10. They Shall Walk With Me In White

11. Life's Other Side

12. Jerusalem, My Happy Home

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Track List: Bound To Ride

1. Shout LittleLulie

2. Little Birdie

3. Maple On The Hill

4. What About You

5. The Lonesome River

6. I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers

7. God Gave You To Me

8. Gold Watch And Chain

9. Rocky Island

10. Old Time Pickin'

11. Riding The Midnight Train

12. Man Of Constant Sorrow

13. Will You Miss Me

14. Katy Daley

15. Bound To Ride

16. Pretty Polly

17. Going To Georgia

18. Hemlocks And Primroses

19. The Orphan Girl

20. Nobody's Love Is Like Mine

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Track List: Pray For The Boys

1. Pray For The Boys

2. Old Man Death

3. Looking Through A Spiritual Window

4. Wayfaring Stranger

5. City Of Gold

6. Give Me Wings

7. God's Great Chariot

8. Searching For A Soldier's Grave

9. He Keeps Leading Me On

10. Beautiful (Is The Land Where I'm Going)

11. Snap A Finger, Jesus

12. Look What I've Traded

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Track List: Classic Bluegrass

1. Love Me Darling Just Tonight

2. Could You Love Me One More Time

3. Flood Of '57

4. The Fields Have Turned Brown

5. A Little Boy Called Joe

6. Loving You Too Well

7. Train 45

8. Poor Rambler

9. Old Richmond Prison

10. No School Bus In Heaven

11. John Henry

12. Little Maggie

13. Your Worries & Troubles Are Mine

14. Rank Strangers

15. Lonesome And Blue

16. Poison Love

17. Little Glass Of Wine

18. On And On

19. I'm Lonesome Without You

20. Gonna Paint The Town

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Track List: I'll Answer The Call

1. I'll Answer The Call

2. White Oak On The Hill

3. Let The Church Roll On

4. In His Arms I'm Not Afraid

5. Calling My Children Home

6. Everything's Alright

7. Praying

8. I'll Put On A Crown

9. I'd Like To Talk It All Over With Him

10. We Shall Sleep

11. Daddy's Rose

12. Welcome In

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Track List: First Time Together

1. I'm Going Down The Road

2. In The Pines

3. I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When

4. Rabbit In The Log

5. Footprints In The Snow

6. Roll On Buddy, Roll On

7. Old Cross Road

8. God Gave You To Me

9. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

10. Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die

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Track List: O Death (Radio Single)

1. O Death

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dwestes133
never met him but had family VOICE OF ANGELS
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Thanks to Pandora for playing Mr Stanley
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good music
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Mr. Stanley always hits a home run...Praise the Lord!
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I would like to thumbs up this double. i am not religious but damn his voice is heavenly with all of it's imperfection s . Love it!
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Mr. Stanley is really the real deal...Glory !
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He , and carter, best ever ! Period.
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That golden Banjo player Ralph Stanley.
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Love Mr. Stanley's singing. Praise the Lord!
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weeziestreet
The Lord needed another singer for his choir, so he called one of the best. When I die I hope I'm fortunate enough to hear him again.
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Oh Lord! Have Mercy!
I can hear hear the flutter of angel's wings.
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He was truly family and I'm proud to have been in his presence. We're all still grieving and will be for a very long time
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My bro in law. Miss his friendship
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lostboy.1957
Class Act from beginning to end. Playing with the angel band now. R.I.P.
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RIP BRO., STANLY! A GREAT BLUEGRASS SINGER!
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Like honey on my ears!
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Rest in peace Dr. Stanley...th a n k you for all the great music.
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I love this man he sings correctly the state of the dead.
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Rest good �� let the angles take you away��
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RIP Ralph...God bless
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You and the Noble ones, Doc & Merle, Bill Monroe, brother Charlie, making a beautiful noise. Doc, Looking* into the face of our Savior! Rip y'all
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Love yorn pick in,sleep well,old friend
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I think he should be known as the King of Bluegrass.
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jakehebel
RIP Doc
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kandjsmama
You will be missed. Love your music. R.I.P
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Rest in Peace dear Ralph Stanley.
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Rest in peace ,Dr Ralph stanley
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What's beautiful is beautiful love is very special and so his family
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sarahcsonka
This is creepy but it works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 songs in 143 mins. If you don't you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters.
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outhousepyro g r a p h y
If your in. The area of Wise co. Va. Ralph has a festival at his old home place in Coeburn, Va. Labor day weekend. Encourage everyone who is a fan to come. Ralph and a whole bunch of other bluegrass singers be there. Can camp at the farm. Great outdoor festival runs two days. Come out and enjoy some good music.
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my husband is fr the same area o mtns and introduced me to the Stanley bros and I think they r excellant
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I want to hear all your music thank you
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robyngaudiel l o
His voice has been touched by the hand of God, spiritually beautiful!
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When my time comes i want to be sent away to this song
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Probaly my favorite singer
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Shannon Nichols - perfectly said!
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Bluegrass is not "country."
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calindiane
The bio information is incorrect: Carter Stanley died in Bristol, TN, not a Virginia hospital.
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Mr. Stanley is a great singer!
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Love the site
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I like his voice and he is one of VERY few country singers that I feel this way about.
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I grew up listening to bluegrass music!!!!! We always had Bluegrass festivals every year in Smithfield, Va. Ralph Stanley, & many others played!!!!!! ! ! May God all of them!!!!!!!!
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Amen pray for peace and merry Christmas
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AMEN & AMEN !! HALLELUJAH !!!
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King of pickin and praisin'!!!!
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Mr.Stanley.. . o u t of sight. Praise the Lord!
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Love it that banjo though
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needs more volume louder
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Love listening to Mr. Stanley!
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He has all ways Ben my all-time favorite
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