It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this
Also listening to:

Ralph Stanley

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 toward more 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, the late 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. ~ Jana Pendragon & Steve Leggett, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

x

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

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
x

Track List: O Death (Radio Single)

Comments

Corey ur a smart young man
What a gift from God for Mr. Stanley play on sir......... . t . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dont read this cause it actually workds. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in 2 days. Now you`ve started reading this so dont stop. This is so scart. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works. Dont read this cause it actually works
I'm a 17 y/o teenager but I freaking love Ralph Stanley. Great music.
Great pickin
Was born with that Smokey Mountain Smoke in my eyes an that Good Ole Mountain Dew in my veins why in Gods green Earth did my ma move us north
good ole ralph:)
love this kind of music
,,,,;
theredneckdi p
Stanton VA not Stratton
Yeah Bluegrass, from one who knows it.
rdsd01
love it
wu tang!!!!
marckeast199 6
Ckvkg








Dmfcvnb
Very great down home Bluegrass music!
robby.brelan d
He was a Freemason, Rest in Peace Brother Stanley... you will never be forgotten .
charmels26
I grew up next to a couple who played this music all day. At the time, all I wanted was to hear Rock and Roll. Funny how life turns us around. Now I can't get enough of it. Ralph Stanley is amazing. Thanks to Millie and Lee where ever you are....
Biography didn't mention it, but there is a Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, VA. He stays somewhere near the Dickenson County area these days, super awesome guy. He was nice enough to perform at the nursing home in Clintwood a few months ago :-)
I LOVE bluegrass!!!
That is is exactly what I think of nick
mrbgross
Born in Roaoke Va. and have relatives scatterd throughout VA, guess that's why I love bluegrass!
i was going to hang this morning
O brother where art thou!!!
One of the best
I thought I could listen to this anytime
Thank you o brother where art thou for bringing me great music!
Love it!
I just love Bluegrass and always have. Amen. :o))
lilybelletoo g i e 2
Amen.
The Stanley's R my cousins
#1 in the business
I live in magoffin co ky and no Charlie Sizemore who use to play with you and i was raise on bluegrass i use to live beside lum Patton who Charlie started with and i still love bluegrass and gospel
msetterstrom 5
Mr. Stanley grew up where my family is from and I, too, grew up listening and relating to the emotions which exude from his lyrics and tones. He feels like family to me because of the rawness of his music. Bluegrass soothes my soul unlike any other genre because it is so close to my heart, my family, and my home. Thank you for broadcasting TRUE Bluegrass music from the best there ever was, the locals from the Hills!
Great music
I am 27 yrs old and was brought up listening to this music and learning how to play it.. Tears in my eyes thinking about the pain and sorrow my grandparents and parents had to go thru
When I was a very young child, we listened to the Stanley Brothers on the courthouse lawn in Wilkes County, NC. When I told them that my grandma was the best cook ever, they actually came and had dinner with us once! Amazing men, amazing music. The roots of all country music came from these mountains along the NC/TN/VA lines.
jpoole431
Ralph Is No1 now that Bill Monroe is gone. I have always loved his music.
neeko8524
Praise the good Lord for the movie O' Brother Where Art Thou for introducing me to bluegrass and especially Dr. Ralph. I am so in love.
The best and only thing my old pop did 4 me was turnin me on 2 bluegrass its real
saw Ralph in Richmond a few years back. He is here again in February. Hope to see him then.
I love Pandora I hope it stays like this forever cause it gives me a chance to listen to music I normally would never get a chance to anywhere else!
Thats some good bluegrass gospel music
gmoney.184.1
why is this guy on eminem radio?
i seen Ralph live at my local fair, ive seen eminem in concernt as well....pand o r a they are not simliar artist in any way other than they both sing
Why is this on my Kanye West station awkward!!!!! ! ! !
I love bluegrass!
WHY IS THIS ON MY BEASTIE BOYS RADIO, PANDORA?
Amazing Musician, beautiful voice. Saw him live once and I will never forget the experience. What a thrill to see a legend!
HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR A LEGEND!
They need a way so you can keep a certain artist off your stations. I have never liked this guy (yes I like bluegrass) but they play this guy all the time and every time I hit dislike! You would think after a while the computer get the point I do not like this singer. Please put a button to remove an artist for good!!!!
trukdog
Y,ALL NEED TO MAKE A TRIP TO ROSINE KY.TO THE BILL MONROE FESTIVAL IF Y,ALL LIKE BLUEGRASS.
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[106, 103, 86, 86, 66, 118, 101, 86, 88, 111, 77, 112, 123, 102, 101, 112, 117, 68, 118, 70, 97, 67, 100, 107, 110, 119, 81, 70, 71, 72, 79, 78, 106, 110, 108, 102, 79, 97, 68, 115, 121, 122, 113, 110, 70, 126, 98, 84, 105, 69, 73, 88, 106, 111, 110, 99, 87, 112, 90, 90, 70, 82, 74, 113, 124, 96, 109, 100, 90, 99, 113, 108, 108, 104, 86, 125, 123, 123, 80, 118, 91, 90, 108, 127, 108, 69, 103, 109, 106, 95, 104, 93, 78, 118, 73, 102, 69, 106, 105, 126, 68, 71, 114, 70, 78, 90, 83, 109, 75, 81, 72, 91, 124, 122, 85, 102, 119, 73, 123, 96, 67, 115, 105, 91, 79, 94, 89, 119, 69, 119, 64, 104, 104, 104, 75, 105, 67, 124, 115, 71, 65, 97, 64, 72, 106, 126, 66, 98, 125, 94, 72, 124, 65, 113, 99, 102, 96, 100, 73, 117, 117, 113, 92, 90, 121, 111, 79, 68, 95, 68, 83, 104, 69, 123, 99, 67, 126, 117, 97, 98, 119, 117, 82, 65, 74, 100, 82, 123, 74, 106, 125, 97, 108, 97, 113, 66, 94, 127, 92, 85, 112, 88, 104, 112, 85, 71, 70, 111, 96, 90, 67, 110, 114, 110, 115, 107, 68, 68, 120, 118, 86, 98, 97, 75, 76, 87, 78, 83, 73, 91, 104, 109, 81, 126, 64, 73, 84, 64, 77, 121, 68, 107, 127, 79, 81, 86, 104, 70, 93, 119, 64, 122, 67, 126, 113, 81, 118, 103, 110, 78, 88, 117, 123, 79, 80, 116, 108, 117, 78, 89, 113, 103, 115, 95, 87, 126, 111, 80, 101, 104, 76, 70, 83, 105, 64, 81, 93, 67, 81, 111, 103, 101, 94, 71, 123, 85, 99, 80, 112, 122, 78, 111, 116, 105, 123, 126, 82, 67, 125, 89, 127, 123, 86, 112, 68, 80, 75, 90, 120, 112, 76, 120, 80, 87, 124, 65, 102, 107, 121, 69, 73, 83, 113, 98, 109, 86, 108, 88, 92, 90, 68, 122, 91, 125, 78, 111, 107, 103, 89, 125, 81, 90, 118, 91, 65, 105, 110, 75, 91, 79, 71, 120, 74, 68, 69, 69, 86, 113, 116, 90, 82, 68, 86, 86, 124, 65, 100, 91, 84, 124, 91, 97, 77, 74, 86, 67, 85, 84, 88, 101, 81, 104, 66, 118, 74, 113, 101, 110, 97, 75, 86, 75, 87, 97, 109, 100, 79, 106, 103, 66, 102, 123, 80, 72, 112, 87, 85, 115, 66, 88, 78, 72, 96, 100, 78, 118, 95, 82, 99, 93, 82, 118, 117, 92, 92, 117, 122, 69, 84, 109, 80, 88, 83, 94, 123, 70, 102, 65, 101, 103, 105, 122, 94, 111, 123, 109, 86, 64, 123, 108, 112, 70, 103, 84, 124, 107, 104, 120, 91, 69, 75, 69, 76, 99, 75, 120, 88, 107, 119, 69, 67, 123, 76, 106, 80, 100, 111, 94, 100, 97, 76, 116, 81, 110, 127, 120, 97, 78, 85, 79, 67, 125, 125, 117, 73, 120, 112, 105, 65, 88, 66, 71]