DR. RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS 'Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop' DCN-1002-CD

DR. RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS 'Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop' DCN-1002-CD

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This album was recorded live on 11th February 2001 at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Ca. Two days before the recent 'Oh Brother' soundtrack had been certified 'gold'.

Although some of the vocals sound slightly clipped during the louder passages, the quality overall is pretty good and the material is a decent representaton of a CMB gig at that time.

Ralph's contribution is limited to vocals and clawhammer banjo on Rocky Island, plus MC work introducing each band member for their spotlight tune.

James Alan Shelton, gives a guitar show-case on an instrumental version of On The Sunny Side Of The Mountain; Jack Cooke sings Sittin' On Top Of The World; Steve Sparkman plays Ralph's most well known instrumenal Clinch Mountain Backstep; Ralph II, whose vocals sound more mature than on earlier releases leads on Jesus Saviour, Pilot Me and the title track from his 2000 solo album, Pretty Girls, City Lights[1]; James Price makes the rosin fly on Cacklin Hen and then Ralph is introduced for Man Of Constant Sorrow.

The latter section of the CD features a selection from Ralph/Stanley Brothers back-catalogue, including the now obligatory a cappella rendition of Oh Death.

TRACK LISTING:

Intro
Orange Blossom Special
Ralph Introduces James Alan Shelton
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
Ralph Introduces Jack Cooke
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Ralph Introduces Steve Sparkman
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Ralph Introduces Ralph II
Jesus Savior, Pilot Me
Pretty Girls, City Lights
Ralph Introduces James Price
Cacklin' Hen
Ralph II Introduces His Father
Man Of Constant Sorrow
Daddy's Wildwood Flower
Intro to O'Death
O'Death
I'll Wear A White Robe
Daybreak In Dixie
Will You Miss Me
Rocky Island
Rank Stranger

ARTISTS:

  • Ralph Stanley: vocals
  • Jack Cooke: bass
  • James Price: fiddle
  • John Rigsby: mandolin
  • James Alan Shelton: lead guitar
  • Steve Sparkman: banjo
  • Ralph II Stanley: guitar, vocals