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Old-Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ralph Stanley is one of very few bluegrass banjo players who still occasionally takes off the steel fingerpicks and plays in the older, more traditional clawhammer (or "frailing") style. It's a more modal and percussive approach, one that carries with it the rough-hewn charm of old-time string band music rather than the flashier, more commercial appeal of bluegrass. This 18-track set (half the tracks are new to CD) is drawn from Stanley's long run with Rebel Records and includes him playing the banjo in the clawhamer style he learned from his mother when he was 11 years old. The virtuoso speed and considered slickness of contemporary bluegrass are nowhere to be found ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ralph Stanley is one of very few bluegrass banjo players who still occasionally takes off the steel fingerpicks and plays in the older, more traditional clawhammer (or "frailing") style. It's a more modal and percussive approach, one that carries with it the rough-hewn charm of old-time string band music rather than the flashier, more commercial appeal of bluegrass. This 18-track set (half the tracks are new to CD) is drawn from Stanley's long run with Rebel Records and includes him playing the banjo in the clawhamer style he learned from his mother when he was 11 years old. The virtuoso speed and considered slickness of contemporary bluegrass are nowhere to be found here, but that doesn't mean this is a radically different Ralph Stanley, it's just Stanley working closer to his string band roots. The approach is still the same, and his singing is still full of mountain gospel as he searches for meaning and redemption in the old songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511752024
  • Catalog Number: 7520
  • Sales rank: 51,669

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph Stanley Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Banjolin
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin
Keith Whitley Guitar
Junior Blankenship Guitar
Curley Ray Cline Fiddle
Jack Cooke Bass
Roy Lee Centers Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Sizemore Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
James Alan Shelton Rhythm Guitar
James Price Fiddle
John Rigsby Mandolin
Ralph Stanley II Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Lee Guitar
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Arranger, Composer
Eddie Dean Liner Notes
David Glasser Mastering
Alan Maggard Engineer
Traditional Composer
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