Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - Families Of Bluegrass: An American Tradition

(Man-do-lin FBG001-DVD) 2010

V/A - Families Of Bluegrass: An American Tradition
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Ralph and the CMB's Curly Ray Cline and Jr. Blankenship
Ralph, Ernie Thacker and Jack Cooke Ralph and Ronnie Reno
Ronnie Reno and Ernie Thacker Ralph and The CMB's with the Reno Brothers

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This is a compilation drawn from Ronnie Reno's "Old Time Music Festival" TV show. Two songs are featured by Ralph Stanley from 1993 with Ernie Thacker on lead vocal, plus In The Pines by The Stanley Brothers.

The two Ralph Stanley tracks were re-broadcast on RFD-TV in a 2001 edition of Ronnie's "Old Time Music Festival", which also included a lovely version of Water Lily and a duet of Little Maggie with just Ralph on banjo and Ronnie Reno on mandolin. The show also included an interview, of which part has been also been used on the DVD set, plus an instrumental jam of Wildwood Flower with Jr. Blankenship, and Ronnie's brothers Dale & Don Wayne Reno.

In the interview (on the full show) Ralph mentions that they were half way through recording his Christmas Time With... album, which dates the appearance to sometime around April 1993, a few weeks before Curly Ray Cline retired.

The DVD version of Rank Stranger, where the CMB's are joined by Ronnie, Dale and Don Wayne Reno, fortunately doesn't have the rolling credits which were on the original broadcast. The full 2001 show was also available for a time as a low quality FLV file on the RFD 'Country Club' subscription service.

The version of In The Pines on the DVD by The Stanley Brothers is the same as on the Don Reno and Red Smiley - Bluegrass 1963 DVD, but is poorer quality.

Stanley fans will also get a kick out the Bluegrass Cardinals (Don & David Parmley) peformance, which includes a young Don Rigsby on fiddle and harmony vocal.

If anyone has a hi-definition copy of the full 2001 edition of Ronnie's "Old Time Music Festival" featuring Ralph, please get in touch via the Contact page! (I already have the one from the 'Country Club').

Lonely Side Of Love - Del McCoury

A Good Man Like Me - Del McCoury

Mountain Folks - Ralph Stanley

Roy McMillan
In The Pines - The Stanley Brothers

Lonesome Wind Blues - The Whites

Wayne Raney
I'm Just A Used To Be To You - The Whites

Martin Christian ?
Green Rolling Hills Of West Virginia - Alisa & Ramona Jones

Leon Morris ?
Whiskley Before Breakfast - Alisa & Ramona Jones

Rank Stranger - Ralph Stanley

Albert E. Brumley
Mountain Laurel - Don & David Parmley

Randall Hylton ?
Home Above - Don & David Parmley

Bye Bye Blues - Reno Brothers

P.D. arr. Reno
Love Please Come Home - Don Reno & Red Smiley

Leon Jackson
Everybody's Reaching Out For Someone - Cox Family

Dickey Lee / Allen Reybolds ?
I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap - Cox Family

Reno / Schroeder
Midnight Flyer - Osborne Brothers

Paul Craft
Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers

Boudleaux Bryant / Felice Bryant


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