Tag: The Stanley Brothers

George Shuffler is The Boy From Valsese

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


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 […]


She Left Me Standing On A Mountain – Larry Efaw

| October 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

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 […]


Gospel Choices #2 – Gary Reid

| August 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

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 […]


Gospel Choices #1

| April 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

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 […]


Lonesome Melodies: A Review

| March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

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 […]


On This Day #9 – Earl Taylor

| January 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

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 […]


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 – […]