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Ralph Stanley stays busy

Monday, November 22, 2010 – Ralph Stanley is preparing to launch a new disc of Appalachian spirituals this winter.

Rebel will release newly recorded spirituals as "A Mother's Prayer," on March 8. Colin Escott wrote the liner notes on the CD, Stanley's 33rd for Rebel.

This has been a busy year for Stanely. In October, the 83-year-old singer performed in the "Speaking Clock Revue" concerts, organized by T Bone Burnett and co-starring Elton John, Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Jeff Bridges and Neko Case. (Stanley was also a key attraction in Burnett's multi-star "Down From The Mountain Tour" in 2002 and "Great High Mountain Tour" in 2004).

On Sept. 30, Stanley and co-writer Eddie Dean won the International Bluegrass Music Association's print media award for Stanley's autobiography, "Man Of Constant Sorrow: My Life And Times."

On July 14, Stanley performed at New York's Lincoln Center with Randy Travis, Allison Moorer, Ray Benson and the Yonder Mountain String Band as part of a series curated by The Blind Boys of Alabama. Stanley subsequently toured with The Blind Boys. In August, famed cellist Dave Eggars released Kingston Morning, an album that features Stanley singing the old hymn, "Jacob's Vision." And in April, Ballet Nouveau Colorado debuted a new dance routine based on Stanley's "Hemlock and Primroses."

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A Mother's Prayer CD review - A Mother's Prayer
On encountering a new album from an artist whose catalog already runs into triple digits over a career now in its seventh decade, it's easy to wonder how much more he's really got to say. But for Ralph Stanley, now 84 and more than 10 years removed from the renown he gained in the course of the O Brother phenomenon, there's still a deep well of music to be drawn from the lives and faith of his Appalachian forebears. "A Mother's Prayer" is far from his first »»»
Old-Time Pickin' A Clawhammer Banjo Collection CD review - Old-Time Pickin' A Clawhammer Banjo Collection
After more than 50 years of pickin' and singing, Dr. Ralph Stanley's legend continues to grow. Stanley is widely renowned for his clawhammer banjo picking, which he picked up as a child in the hills of Virginia. With brother Carter doing most of the singing, they formed a powerful presence in traditional music. It was not until the death of Carter, that Ralph's own vocal prowess began to emerge. Stanley's tenor vocals truly shine in harmony here with Charlie Sizemore in »»»
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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