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Ralph Stanley II plans disc on new label

Friday, June 20, 2008 – After spending his career with Rebel Records, Ralph Stanley II is going with Lonesome Day Records. "This One is Two" will be out Aug. 26 on the Kentucky-based bluegrass label.

Ralph II had a country bent on previous solo efforts and continues doing so here combining that with mainstream contemporary bluegrass. Label owner Randall Deaton described the disc as being "very vocal and melodic, not a picking record."

Stanley also continues playing in his father's band. His last release was "Carrying On" in 2004.

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This One is Two CD review - This One is Two
The name of Ralph Stanley conjures up images of mountain bluegrass. However, this CD is more in the country vein. Ralph Stanley II delivers his vocals in a smoky baritone more reminiscent of modern country than the high lonesome sound on his first album since 2002's "Stanley Blues." Not that Ralph II ignores his roots. With bluegrass standouts like Adam Steffey of the Dan Tyminski band, and Cody Kilby and Darren Vincent, (both played with Ricky Skaggs), there is not a weak sideman here. »»»
Like Father, Like Son
Ralph II, or "Two," as he is sometimes referred to, has been playing with his father from a very young age, but 1989's Like Father, Like Son marked the younger Stanley's first studio recording experience. He is only featured on two cuts, singing lead vocals on a cute version of the Jumpin' Gene Simmons hit, "Haunted House," and lead guitar on the traditional number, "Wildwood Flower," but his presence is foreshadowing for the coming decade when he would take over the guitar and vocalist slot in »»»
Stanley Blues
No, Ralph Stanley II may never be as innovative or well respected as his legendary father. That still should not diminish the fine bluegrass-country albums he is making on his own. Working in the considerable shadow of his family legacy has always been tough on "Two," but his constant references to it don't help. For starters, there is the title track, "Stanley Blues," co-written with his banjo player, Steve Sparkman. Daddy himself shows up on tenor vocals for two songs, and the songwriting »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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