LONESOME MELODIES 'The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers' by David W. Johnson BOOK: STANLEY

LONESOME MELODIES 'The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers' by David W. Johnson BOOK: STANLEY

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'I've been a fan of the Stanley Brothers since I heard them the first time, probably around 1958, I was four years old. I got to do some shows with them in the early 60's and went on to join Ralph's band in 1970. In all the time traveling and talking about the old days of the Stanley Brothers, I never knew the struggles and hardships the brothers had. David Johnson has written the BEST history book of this incredibly important band that I've ever read. Great stories, tearful truths, and many laughs from my favorite mountain Country group. It's a must read not only for Stanley Brothers fans, but also for the history of Bluegrass music in its infancy!!' - Ricky Skaggs

'This is a book on the STANLEY BROTHERS by David Johnson published by the University Press of Mississippi, 300 pages softbound. Making use of interviews from many musicians, friends and family members, Johnson covers the brothers' lives from their childhood in the Clinch Mountains to Carter's sad death in 1966. We have just read a few chapters, but it's a fascinating book and hard to put down.' - Art Menius