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Carrying On

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Contemporary bluegrass has as much in common with older styles of country as it does bluegrass, and seems to succeed by combining instrumental rusticity banjo, mandolin with smooth vocals. Ralph Stanley II comes from bluegrass royalty and tours as part of his father's band, but he's updated the old Stanley style and songs for the 21st century. Carrying On, then, includes mostly classic material from the Stanleys Carter and Ralph, A.P. Carter, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford presented in a contemporary style. There are also a couple of originals co-written by Stanley II. He's joined for solid versions of "Single Girl," "Mountain Dew," and "Ain't It Hard" by mandolinist John...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Contemporary bluegrass has as much in common with older styles of country as it does bluegrass, and seems to succeed by combining instrumental rusticity banjo, mandolin with smooth vocals. Ralph Stanley II comes from bluegrass royalty and tours as part of his father's band, but he's updated the old Stanley style and songs for the 21st century. Carrying On, then, includes mostly classic material from the Stanleys Carter and Ralph, A.P. Carter, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford presented in a contemporary style. There are also a couple of originals co-written by Stanley II. He's joined for solid versions of "Single Girl," "Mountain Dew," and "Ain't It Hard" by mandolinist John Rigsby, guitarist James Alan Shelton, banjoist Steve Sparkman, fiddler Tim Crouch, guitarist R.J. Rigsby, and bassist David Smith. There's also time on Carrying On for religion on "Welcoming Tomb" and "Map of God's Highway," and a bit of patriotism on "Are You Proud of America." The only small complaint is that a song called "Pretty Woman" sounds a lot like a revamped version of the lead cut, "Ain't It Hard." Stanley fans -- of the father or the son -- and contemporary bluegrass lovers will be glad the family's carrying the tradition on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511180520
  • Catalog Number: 111805
  • Sales rank: 175,298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph Stanley II Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Stanley Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Blankenship Guitar
Tim Crouch Fiddle
Steve Sparkman Banjo
James Alan Shelton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John Rigsby Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Lona Heid Baritone (Vocal)
Josh Williams & High Gear Mandolin
Kenny Smith Guitar
David Smith Bass
R. J. "Ron" Rigsby Banjo, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Banjo-ukelele
David Roe Bass
RJ "Ron" Rigsby Banjo, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Composer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Composer
James Alan Shelton Composer
Ralph Stanley II Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Bill Castle Composer
Clinch Mountain Boys Producer
R. J. "Ron" Rigsby Producer
David Robinson Engineer
Candace Randolph Composer
RJ "Ron" Rigsby Audio Production
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