Tag: The Stanley Brothers

George Shuffler: A Career Overview

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
george_th

Born in Valdese, North Carolina, on April 11, 1925, George Saunders Shuffler was a very significant creative force in the bluegrass music world. Shuffler is best known for his association with the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and later Ralph Stanley, for popularizing […]

more

George Shuffler passes

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
shuffler_th

Another leading light of the first generation of bluegrass artists has passed. George Shuffler, long time member of both The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away earlier today (4/7/14), just short of his 89th birthday. Shuffler’s distinctive crosspicking guitar […]

more

George Shuffler is The Boy From Valsese

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
shuffler_th

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the original bluegrass band, we find ourselves missing a good many of the pioneers that brought it to life. Many have received flowers while they were living, while others passed before seeing bluegrass stabilize into a widely recognized […]

more

On This Day #23 – Carter Stanley

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Carter Stanley

On This Day ……. On December 1, 1966, Carter Stanley passed away in Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, Tennessee. He was just 41 years old. Carter Stanley, guitarist and lead singer in the Stanley Brothers band, was born at Big Spraddle Creek, Dickenson County, Virginia, on […]

more

She Left Me Standing On A Mountain – Larry Efaw

| October 10, 2013 | 3 Comments
efaw_th

It seems that the annual IBMA convention and awards always stir up the familiar argument about whether traditional bluegrass gets its due, or is getting squeezed out by newer, bluegrass-derived music. This has always struck me as a needless and tedious argument, especially with so […]

more

Gospel Choices #2 – Gary Reid

| August 11, 2013 | 3 Comments
gary_th

Here’s the second episode of a periodic feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Gary B Reid, an award winning writer with a particular focus on the music of the Stanley Brothers. Naturally, there […]

more

Gospel Choices #1

| April 7, 2013 | 3 Comments
peter_thompson_th

Here’s another new feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Peter Thompson, host of Bluegrass Signal on KALW. The five I’ve chosen are all from the wonderful world of bluegrass, although I can imagine […]

more

Lonesome Melodies: A Review

| March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
lonesome_melodies_th

The level of excitement peaks when anticipating a book about one of the elite members of our bluegrass community. Such was the case when there was news of the completion of David W. Johnson’s book about the Stanley Brothers, Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music […]

more

On This Day #9 – Earl Taylor

| January 28, 2013 | 2 Comments
earl_taylor_th

On this day ….. On January 28, 1984, soulful bluegrass singer and mandolin player Earl Taylor died. Earl Taylor was born on June 17, 1929, in rural Rose Hill, Lee County, Virginia.  He was the leader of one of the more significant traditional bluegrass bands […]

more

On This Day # 7

| January 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
curly_th

On this day in 1923 …… January 10, 1923, Curly Ray Cline was born. Had he lived, the extrovert Curly Ray Cline would have been 90 years old today. Born in Pike County, Kentucky, Cline was inspired to play the fiddle by hearing Fiddlin’ Arthur […]

more