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Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop 2-11-01
     

Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop 2-11-01

by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
 
Hot on the heels of his Grammy triumph on O Brother, Where Are Thou?, Dr. Ralph Stanley returns with a powerhouse live document that captures a night of hot picking and profound balladeering. This is the band as most fans experience it: no high-profile guest artists sitting in, only the redoubtable quintet (including

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Hot on the heels of his Grammy triumph on O Brother, Where Are Thou?, Dr. Ralph Stanley returns with a powerhouse live document that captures a night of hot picking and profound balladeering. This is the band as most fans experience it: no high-profile guest artists sitting in, only the redoubtable quintet (including Ralph Stanley II on rhythm guitar and vocals) backing the good Dr. on a night when all the parts meshed with impeccable precision. The 22 cuts are heavy on Stanley originals, but the few covers in the repertoire are neat fits, such as "Orange Blossom Special," which burns white-hot, thanks to James Price's furious, ebullient fiddling. The folksy humor of all involved is one of the album's blessings, whether it's Dr. Ralph's witty intros or Ralph II setting up his dad's searing reading of "Man of Constant Sorrow" with a ribald quip. Don't be misled, though: Talk is at a minimum here, because music's the thing. The gospel songs, such as the fervent pleas of "Jesus Savior, Pilot Me" and the family reminiscences of "Daddy's Wildwood Flower," carry awesome weight. Wrap up the night with a beautifully executed rendition of "Rank Strangers to Me," with the two Stanleys trading verses and harmonies, and you'll know you've heard a live album like no other. Dr. Ralph better save some space on his shelf for that next Grammy.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
On February 11th, 2001, an intimate group of lucky people crammed into tiny McCabe's Guitar Shop to experience 55 years of bluegrass legacy firsthand when Ralph Stanley held court at the ripe age of 74 years young. Supported heavily by his Clinch Mountain Boys, Stanley acts initially as an MC, introducing the members of his band to each come up and take his turn on vocals and featured instrumentals, and during the second set takes center stage himself performing recent favorites like "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "Oh Death." The sparing use of the patriarch of bluegrass is by no means surprising, nor is it even a detraction. The able vocals of his son Ralph Stanley II and the superlative banjo picking of Steve Sparkman leave the elder Stanley to supply the piercing tenor harmonies that he perfected with his brother Carter in the '40s and '50s. The band turns in a searing "Daybreak in Dixie," expert clawhammer-style banjo playing on "Rocky Island," and an astounding a cappella rendition of "I'll Wear a White Robe" during this second set. The loose, intimate setting makes for a real authentic hills-and-hollers feel, and the appreciative (and fortunate) crowd seems genuinely awed at this rare opportunity to see a true musical legend in his element. While this is by no means the definitive Ralph Stanley album, or even a great starting point for listeners intrigued by what they found in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, it is a terrific document of how the music of the mountains can become more valuable as it ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Dcn Records
UPC:
0803913100221
catalogNumber:
1002

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Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys   Primary Artist
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Vocals
Jack Cooke   Bass,Vocals
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
James Price   Fiddle
Ralph Stanley   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Usher Winslett   Executive Producer
Earl Sykes   Composer
Brad Navin   Producer
Alan Kanter   Engineer

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