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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Stanley's life spans the history of recorded bluegrass and country music, but his high, lonesome.
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He died in Eddie Dean is a freelance journalist based in the Washington, DC, metro area. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Ralph Stanley was born in in a corner of Virginia known as Big Spraddle Creek, a place where music echoed from the ridge tops, was belted out by workers in the fields, and resonated in the one-room country church where Ralph first found his voice. For his eleventh birthday, Ralph was given five dollars, and had to chose between buying a sow or a banjo. He chose the banjo, which his mother taught him to play in the clawhammer style. In , he combined his banjo with his brother Carter's guitar, and the two blended their voices into one as the Stanley Brothers.

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times

For twenty years the Stanleys chased the dream through good times and hard times, until the hard times caught up to Carter and he succumbed to liver disease at age In the four decades since his brother's passing, Ralph has brought his music from the hills and hollows of southwest Virginia to the wide world. Now in his eighties and still touring, Ralph has at last grown into his voice and is ready to tell his story.

In Man of Constant Sorrow , Ralph looks back on his career in what most call bluegrass but what he prefers to call "old time mountain music. Harmonized with equal measures of tragedy and triumph, Man of Constant Sorrow is the stirring testament of a giant of American music. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Buy the selected items together This item: Man of Constant Sorrow: Can't You Hear Me Callin': Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Great stories abound as the fledgling groups gets their big break on a small nearby station. The stories of the interaction and friendly and sometimes, not so friendly rivalries with other bluegrass pioneer such as Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs will bring a smile to any bluegrass fan. Road stories from nearly every incarnation of the Clinch Mountain Boys of serve to remind both current fans and musicians of the hard times these groups had in making a living with this then-new music.

As anyone who has read many interviews with Stanley realizes, he isn't generally shy about tooting his own horn, but throughout the book he generously gives credit where it is due - particularly to big brother Carter Stanley.

By By Dr. Ralph Stanley with Eddie Dean

The early part of the book is as much Carter's story as it is Ralph's. Carter's support and encouragement obviously meant the world to Ralph and the chapter dealing with Carter's death is heartrending in its detail. Stanley recounts it as if it was yesterday and the regrets he expresses linger to this day, some 40 years later. Ralph Stanley gives a surprisingly candid look back on his long and incredible career as the patriarch of old-time mountain music.

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times by Ralph Stanley

Man of Constant Sorrow.? Carter died in after years of alcohol abuse, but Dr. Ralph Stanley carried on and is still at the top of his game, playing to audiences across the country today at age eighty-one.

Rarely giving interviews, he now grants fans the book they have been waiting for, filled with frank recollections, from his boyhood of dire poverty in the Appalachian coalfields to his early musical success with his brother, to years of hard traveling on the road with the Clinch Mountain Boys, to the recent, jubilant revival of a sound he helped create.

The story of how a musical art now popular around the world was crafted by two brothers from a dying mountain culture, Man of Constant Sorrow captures a life harmonized with equal measures of tragedy and triumph.