Tag: The Stanley Brothers

On This Day # 7

| January 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

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 […]


The Essential Christmas Playlist

| December 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m sure by now the fruitcake is on the table and you have a bookmark on Luke 2, but if you need a little bluegrass to get you in the Christmas spirit, here are some Christmas classics that are sure to get any Scrooge in […]


Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

| December 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

2013 holds much in store with books about the first generation bluegrass musicians promised. Firstly, in February, the University Press of Mississippi will publish Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers (ISBN-13: 978-1-61703-646-0) written by David W. Johnson. Carter and Ralph Stanley – […]


Schemes from Tumbling Bones

| June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pete Winne’s will be a familiar name to folks in bluegrass radio. He worked that circuit for Rebel Records for a time, but is now focused on a rootsy Americana group, Tumbling Bones, with whom he performs. They have a new 7-song EP, called Schemes. Pete sent […]


Album of the Week #7 – Larry Sparks’ Silver Reflections

| January 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

He’s called “The Youngest Of The Old Timers.” In 1963, Paul “Moon” Mullins, a former fiddler for The Stanley Brothers and popular bluegrass DJ, introduced Carter and Ralph to a gifted sixteen year old  guitar picker and singer from Lebanon, OH. After an audition, Larry Sparks […]


Gary Reid and The Stanley Brothers

| March 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

I had a chance yesterday to catch up with Gary Reid, known to bluegrass lovers as an award-winning writer and owner/operator of Copper Creek Records. With the marked decrease in sales of recorded music this past few years, Gary tells us that most of his […]


Uncle Art now available

| January 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Alan John Britton’s biography, Uncle Art, information about which we shared with you in September, is now available after some production delays. It tells of the life and work of English A&R man/record producer Art Satherley, who was responsible for bringing Bill Monroe and The […]


Bluegrass Calendar returns for 2011

| November 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Bluegrass Calendar is back! After a break this year, Gary Reid at Copper Creek Records has a new calendar for 2011. This 20th anniversary edition features those great Reid favorites, the Stanley Brothers. As usual, there are the birthdates of literally hundreds of bluegrass […]


Les Woodie signs off

| November 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Longtime radio broadcaster and bluegrass fiddler Les Woodie has announced his retirement. After 48 years with WKDE KDCountry in Altavista, VA, Woodie will retire as General Manager on Thursday, November 5. Prior to beginning his radio career, Woodie worked as a musician, performing with The […]


Review: Man Of Constant Sorrow by Ralph Stanley

| August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Another book I recently finished is Ralph Stanley’s autobiography, Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Life & Times Of A Music Legend. In it, the good Doctor tells the story of his life from dirt poverty in the mountains of southwestern Virginia to the heights of […]