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The Stanley Brothers (Carter Stanley, 1925-1966, and Ralph Stanley, born 1927) were an American bluegrass duo originally hailing from Dickenson County, Virginia. The family soon moved to McClure, Virginia, where their parents worked a small farm in the Clinch Mountains. Music was a part of their lives from the word go, as they were able to listen to the likes of The Monroe Brothers, Mainer’s Mountaineers, and other artists featured on the Grand Ole Opry radio program.

The War interrupted any thoughts of a musical career, and it was not until both brothers returned from the service that they were able to make their own mark in music — ultimately ending up on WCYB Bristol, Tennessee, where they would remain for over ten years as stalwarts of the famed “Farm and Fun Time” radio show. Their music initially followed a more old time style favored by Mainer’s Mountaineers, with Ralph playing the banjo in the old two-finger style, interspersed with old time clawhammer playing, before taking a stab at the new three-finger style popularised by Earl Scruggs.

They formed The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. They were perhaps the first band to adopt the new music style created by Bill Monroe in the mid-1940s that later became known as . Carter played guitar and sang lead while Ralph played banjo and sang with a strong, high tenor voice.


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  • the-wild-healer

    Rabbit in a Log!

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • vaughnvhalen

    :"""""""""""";';';';';' Such great stories of the forefathers and families of the great America how is it that each bluegrass group only has 1 or 2 songs that are not 30sec snips ....Very sad .........................................

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Noadiah

    I l♥ve these guys! My favorite song by them is "Harbor of Love" :-D

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
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  • jamesjoslyn

    the old, gold music <3

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • citilek

    would you love me baby hareketli bi parça ama hiçbiyerde bulamıyorum.. kimin söylediği de meçhul üstelik .. yardımlarınızı bekliyorum:)

    7 Nov 2009 Reply
  • leekpie

    fucking LOVE this.

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Skathi

    Check out my bluegrass band

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Smirnon

    surprised at the lack of shouts here. these chaps had some real great songs

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Eclogite

    Dude why is the cover of the album for An Evening Long Ago (i.e. live album) listed as being o brother where art thou' on the top albums section. Not quite.

    7 Jan 2007 Reply

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