Ralph Stanley clawhammer project coming
Friday, May 2, 2008
– A Ralph Stanley clawhammer album - "Old Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection" - will be coming out from Rebel this summer. The disc is a compilation of previously released clawhammer songs along with unreleased material. Several songs were previously unavailable on CD. Stanley recorded about 10 new clawhammer songs about 6 years ago with Rebel, but the project was put on hold because Stanley signed with Sony.
"We just decided that now would be a good time to put together a collection of his clawhammer stuff," said Mark Freeman of Rebel. Stanley also recorded clawhammer songs in the 1970s, which will appear on the disc.
""We didn't take all 10 songs that he cut. We took about six or seven of them."
The disc contains 18 songs, including "Little Birdie" and "Bound to Ride." Rebel is looking to release the disc in August.
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