This One Is Two

This One Is Two

by Ralph Stanley II
     
 

Ralph Stanley II has some big boots to fill, but he wisely avoids doing anything that will beg comparisons to his father. His music displays obvious bluegrass and old-time acoustic roots, but he brings a honky tonk country flavor to his arrangements that makes them sound modern without forsaking the music's heritage. "Cold Shoulder" opens things with a forlorn lament…  See more details below

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Ralph Stanley II has some big boots to fill, but he wisely avoids doing anything that will beg comparisons to his father. His music displays obvious bluegrass and old-time acoustic roots, but he brings a honky tonk country flavor to his arrangements that makes them sound modern without forsaking the music's heritage. "Cold Shoulder" opens things with a forlorn lament that's halfway between hardcore country and bluegrass. Randy Kohrs' sobbing Dobro, Stanley's gruff vocal, and the backing harmony vocals sprinkle hopeless teardrops into every syllable. Lyle Lovett's murder ballad "L.A. County" gets an understated bluegrass arrangement that intensifies its rage and anger. "Loretta," a cryptic love song by Townes Van Zandt, benefits from Stanley's sincere vocal and the band's understated picking, particularly Kohrs' Dobro and Adam Steffey's mandolin. "Moms Are the Reason Wild Flowers Grow" is pure bluegrass, a sentimental ballad about family and loss augmented by Tim Crouch's mournful fiddle. There are only two originals here, but they show Stanley has the right stuff in abundance. "Lord Help Me Find the Way" deals with his struggle to find his own way in the business and honor the legacy of his father, while "Honky Tonk Way" is a portrait of bandmembers playing to an empty club and wondering if they'll ever make a living. Songs about the musician's life are the bane of country music, usually cliché-laden embarrassments, but Stanley manages to avoid sounding like a sentimental sap -- no mean feat.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Lonesome Day
UPC:
0880259001320
catalogNumber:
13
Rank:
192761

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist
Jim Lauderdale   Vocal Harmony
Marty Raybon   Vocal Harmony
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Darrin Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Tim Crouch   Fiddle,Guitar
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Steve Gulley   Vocal Harmony
Randy Kohrs   Guitar (Resonator)
Ron Stewart   Banjo
Harold Nixon   Bass

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
J.P. Pennington   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
Gary Osborne   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Fred Eaglesmith   Composer
Wayne Davis   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Kent Blazy   Composer
Elmer C. Burchett   Composer
Michael Latterell   Producer,Engineer

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