Clinch Mountain Echo

Buddy Moore & Ralph Stanley - s/t?

(????) 1983?

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I only have this on MP3, so I'm guessing that it was a cassette released c1983. Buddy Moore worked live with the CMB's c1982-83 and appeared on Ralph's Live At The Old Homeplace LP, so 1983 seems the most probable date.[1]

From Kermit, Wv. Buddy Moore was nicknamed 'Hook 'n' Beans' by Ralph who introduced him in 1983 saying "he sings it the old time way, and he really puts the feeling (in)to it". On the same show Buddy was introduced as Little Buddy Moore and Henry Moore.

Nine of the tracks feature Buddy on vocals, with one instrumental Amazing Grace. Buddy's vocals have a lot of soul, and fit Ralph's tenor nicely, but they are quite rough around the edges in places.

In additon to this cassette, he recorded a gospel tape[2]; one as Hook And Beans - The Girl I Left Behind; and another as Sammy Adkins and Buddy Moore - Sweetest Love.

As The Hook & Beans band were advertised on the bill for Ralph's 'Hills Of Home' festival in 1989 and 1990, and there's some footage too from the '80s when the festival was relocated to Roxanna with Buddy, Sammy Adkins & Dan Marshall.[3]

I'm also guessing that Dan Marshall plays mandolin on the tape, as it contains a song called This Old Town which Ralph recorded as Hometown in 1978 on Down Where The River Bends, and which was written by Dan.

If anyone has more info on this tape, or a copy, please get in touch via the Contact page!

Side One:
Memories Of Mother

C. Stanley
Wings Of Angels

Ruby Rakes
I'm Dying A Sinner's Death

Jim Anglin
Zion's Hill

James A. Crutchfield
Amazing Grace

John Newton
Side Two:
Rank Stranger

Albert E. Brumley
That Little Old Country Church House

Connie Leigh
This Old Town (Hometown)

Dan Marshall
Who Will Sing For Me

John Thomas Ely
Lonely Tombs


Go To Top Of Page [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.