Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - All Star Bluegrass Celebration

(Momentum Pictures MP-122D) 2000


V/A - Down From The Mountain
DVD Jacket Ralph (left) in his army days
Ralph and The Clinch Mountain Boys Ralph Stanley
Close-up of the flathead... James Alan Shelton and Ralph
Ralph Stanley Steve Sparkman, Patty Loveless and Ralph
James Price, James Alan Shelton, Steve Sparkman and Patty Loveless Patty Loveless with Ralph and the CMB's
Ralph Stanley Group Finale

Average Album Rating: 2
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On the whole this is a fairly mediocre DVD of a P.B.S. TV show that was recorded on 16th Jan 2002 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tn.

Ralph and the CMB's are featured performing a medley of Rocky Island / Shout Little Lulie, plus Pretty Polly (with Patty Loveless) and Ralph's a cappella solo O Death. The band also take part in the group finale, with Ralph opening & closing Little Maggie.

Before the segment with Ralph, there's a brief introduction by Ricky Skaggs with a photomontage and an extract from the Stanley Brothers Jacob's Vision from the Pete Seeger Rainbow Quest TV show / the Stanley Brothers's Angel Band. This includes a picture of Carter as a child and one of Ralph from when he was in the Army after WWII.

The duet of Pretty Polly with Ralph and Patty Loveless is excellent, and reprises the duet from Ralph's Clinch Mountain Country DVD.

Ralph and the CMB's (minus Jack Cooke) also participate in the group finale with all the bands on stage. This is the only time I've seen Ralph and Earl Scruggs stand on stage together, though Earl leaves before Little Maggie and aside from singing Little Maggie Ralph is otherwise just standing there...

Sound and picture quality on the DVD is excellent, with multiple camera angles, but how much of the music can be considered 'bluegrass' will depend on your own tastes and interpretation. If you think that drums, electric guitar and piano stray too far from the Bill Monroe template, you'll probably find it a bit wearisome in places.

PS: The banjo Ralph plays on the clawhammer medley of Rocky Island / Shout Little Lulie looks to me like it's a flat-head Gibson, which is a bit curious...

Track:
Title:
1
Shady Grove - Ricky Skaggs

P.D.
2
Crying Holy (Unto My Lord) - Vince Gill with the Del McCoury Band

P.D.
3
1952 Vincent Black Lightning - The Del McCoury Band

Richard Thompson
4
Get Down On Your Knees And Pray - The Del McCoury Band

???
5
Let Me Touch You For Awhile - Alison Krauss

Robert Lee Castleman ?
6
Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs
7
Passin' Thru - Earl Scruggs

Johnny Cash / Randy Scruggs
8
Daniel Prayed - Patty Loveless with Ricky Skaggs

G.T. Speer
9
Little Georgia Rose - Travis Tritt with Ricky Skaggs

Bill Monroe
10
Rocky Island / Shout Little Lulie - Ralph Stanley

P.D.
11
Pretty Polly - Ralph Stanley with Patty Loveless

P.D.
12
O Death - Ralph Stanley

P.D.
13
Uncle Pen - Ricky Skaggs with Patty Loveless & Travis Tritt

Bill Monroe
14
Darlin' Corey - Bruce Hornsby with Ricky Skaggs

P.D.
15
Seven Wonders - Nickel Creek

Sean Charles Watkins / David Arlon Puckett ??
16
Lonesome Ruben - Group Finale

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17
Little Maggie - Group Finale

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18
Rawhide

Bill Monroe

 


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