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Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling
     

Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling

by Ralph Stanley
 
When Carter Stanley died suddenly in 1966 at the age of 41, his brother Ralph Stanley was left at an unenviable crossroads. Given that the Stanley Brothers were such a top-draw mountain bluegrass outfit, it almost seemed unimaginable that Ralph could continue performing at that prior level without his brother, who was the songwriting part of the duo. But continue he

Overview

When Carter Stanley died suddenly in 1966 at the age of 41, his brother Ralph Stanley was left at an unenviable crossroads. Given that the Stanley Brothers were such a top-draw mountain bluegrass outfit, it almost seemed unimaginable that Ralph could continue performing at that prior level without his brother, who was the songwriting part of the duo. But continue he did, opting to stay close to the traditional Appalachian folk material he had grown up with, choosing songs that were often bone-chillingly dark and thus emotionally fitted to his ragged, weary-sounding tenor voice. In the version of the Clinch Mountain Boys that featured guitarist Charlie Sizemore (as well as Junior Blankenship on lead guitar, Curley Ray Cline on fiddle, and Jack Cooke on bass), Stanley found a singer who came close to having Carter's feel, and his recordings with Sizemore are among the best of his post-Stanley Brothers legacy. This set was recorded in a single day in 1985 and was originally released on cassette by River Tracks Records a year later in 1986 under the title 16 Years and then re-released on CD in 1995 by Copper Creek Records. Now remastered, remixed, and given the new title Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling, Rounder Records has reissued it yet again. Highlighted by Sizemore and Stanley's close harmony singing, it remains one of Stanley's best late-era sets.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661061422
catalogNumber:
610614
Rank:
185266

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Blankenship   Guitar
Jack Cooke   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Acoustic Bass
Charlie Sizemore   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer,Producer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Jerry Williamson   Composer
Landon Messer   Composer
Lowell Varney   Composer
Charlie Sizemore   Liner Notes,Author
Marian Leighton Levy   Liner Notes
Joe Ahr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lum Patton   Composer
Devon Guillery   Art Direction
Stanley Ralem   Composer
Lundy C. Fields   Composer
Lum Patton   Composer
Jerry Williamson   Composer
Juanita Pennington   Composer
Otis Lynn Dillon   Producer,Engineer
Lowell Varney   Composer

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