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Hook And Beans - With Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys

(2464) 1982?

Hook And Beans - With Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys
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Another 'deep' catalogue item from Buddy Moore aka Hook And Beans, who played with Ralph in the early '80s.

I'm guessing this cassette was released circa 1982, as the cover photo shows Buddy alongside Ralph and the CMBs at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tn. with the fair's 'Sunsphere' standing in the background. The fair ran from 1st May to 31st Oct 1982, with Ralph being scheduled to perform at the shows 'Folklife Festival' in the final week between 25-31st Oct.[1] Ralph also played at the 1982 Redgate Bluegrass Festival, which advertised itself as 'Bluegrass and Camping at the 1982 World's Fair' on the 4th June 1982[2]. It's likely, then, that the cover photo was taken sometime between these two events.

Musically, it's a fairly average effort, with most tracks consisting of perfunctory renditions of Stanley standards. Junior Blankenship injects a bit of energy on lead guitar and contributes lead vocal to his show-piece Mary Ann, but Ralph's contribution seems to be limited to a bit of harmony backing vocal.

I doubt Ralph contributes any banjo either, as the playing style is in a more generic bluegrass style... It could perhaps be Charlie Sizemore as he played banjo on 4 cuts for Curly Ray Cline's Smarter Than The Average Idiot LP, but that is purely speculative. Likewise I haven't a clue who is responsible for the mandolin.

Three tracks:- Mary Ann, Bill Monroe's Can't You Hear Me Calling and the Carter Family's I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes are the earliest studio versions to be recorded by the CMB's.

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Side One:
The Lonesome River

The Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight)

C. Stanley
Roving Gambler

Love Me Darling, Just Tonight

M.H. 'Red' Malone / Ruby Rakes
Mary Ann

Johnny Stills / Lonnie Treat
Side Two:
I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

A.P. Carter
Think Of What You've Done

C. Stanley
Can't You Hear Me Calling

Bill Monroe
Our Last Goodbye

C. Stanley
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow

R.D. Burnett

Go To Top Of Page [1] 'Folklife Festival - The 1982 World's Fair' - Bluegrass Unlimited - June 1982 (p.33-34)
[2] Advert in 'Bluegrass Unlimited' - April 1982 (p3)
[1] Ralph introduces Buddy as the newest member of the group at approx 12:50 of the Banjo Cafe, Santa Monica, Ca. 18th April 1983, saying he'd been with them about 11 or 12 months:
[2] "it's all gospel, it's Honey In The Rock, The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn, Nobody Answered Me, I'll Wear A White Robe, Shake Hands With Mother, Hand In Hand With Jesus, White Dove, Purple Robe, Are You Washed In The Blood and Memories Of Mother. It's all Stanley Brothers old stuff...
[3] eg.