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Ralph Stanley (born in 25 February 1927) is an American bluegrass musician.

Stanley was born in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, near Stratton, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA.

The son of Lucy and Lee Stanley, Ralph Edmond Stanley grew up in rural southwestern Virginia. Ralph learned to play the banjo claw-hammer style from his mother. It was her inspiration, coupled with Ralph's natural ability, which led Ralph and his older guitar-playing brother Carter to form the Stanley Brothers Band in 1946 after… read more

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    Medicine Springs is by far his best song! But it seems to be rare since I cant find it on neither youtube or Spotify. Luckily I have it on CD
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    I found it great to hear his voice on the soundtrack to Lawless. So very awesome.
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    He's on [artist]Nick Cave[/artist] new soundtrack project to go with John Hillcoat's new film called Lawless. Have a look at all the details here
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    "The most surprising thing to me in the whole show was Ralph Stanley getting up with one acoustic guitar and a string bass and completely flooring the whole place. He was the most hardcore rock and roll star of them all." (T-Bone Burnett)
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    hi! u r fantastic man!
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    was at Ralphs Bluegrass Festival this year in was Awesome!! Even got a big hug from Dr. Stanley...what a sweetheart!
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    When I was a kid I was fortunate enough to know my Great-grandpa... used to sit on his backporch in IA next to the Missouri they'd play all night... although Grandpa played the fiddle Ralph brings back those memories so clear... nothing so sweet or dear in my heart...
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    I REALLY like how Ralph Stanley sounds in the song "Me and God" with Josh Turner. What else should I listen to that is similar? Thanks

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