Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Songs My Mother Taught Me & More

"Clawhammer" Style Banjo

(Freeland Recording Co. FRC-CD-655) 1997


Songs My Mother Taught Me And More
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This is a reissue of the (Claw Hammer) The Way My Mama Taught Me cassette which Ralph released in the late 80s/early 90s, but with several additional tracks.

Eight of the original ten tracks are instrumentals with Ralph and Curly taking turns to play the melody. Dixie Land and Little Birdie feature vocals by Ralph.

Blue Eyed Verdie is a re-working of 'Black Eyed Suzie', and had also been recorded in 1971 on Curly Ray's Chicken Reel LP.

Track 11, Me And My Buddy is a studio recording that was originally released on David Marshall's Song Of Poverty LP in 1977, with Ralph playing clawhammer. David was one of The Marshall Family, and had several of his songs recorded by Ralph.

Tracks 12 to 18 are live recordings. The CD liner notes just say "The performances on this album date from the early 1970s into the 1990s and include a wide range of musicians who played with Ralph over those years"...

Track 12, a medley starting with I Got A Mule To Ride sounds to me like it features Kenneth Davies, Art Stamper and James Alan Shelton, which would indicate it dates from 1994-95... but I could be wrong.

The energetic and enthusiastic audience on Tracks 13 & 14 suggest they are from the same source, and as Curly Ray's The Farmers Girl was on his 1971 They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree... I'd hazard a guess this might be from McClure 1972 or one of the other early 70s tapes that were used on the Classic Stanley release. The guitar break and harmony vocals on Farmer's Girl sound like the Whitley/Skaggs line-up.

The guitar break on Track 15, Old-Time Pickin' could be Ricky Lee or more likely Junior Blankenship...

Track 18 is from a festival workshop/demonstration, where Ralph shows how he plays clawhammer, and I think features Junior on guitar.

If anyone can identify the dates/line-ups, please get in touch via the Contact form.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(45:47)
1
Dixie Land

P.D. (?)
2
She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain

P.D. (?)
3
Uncloudy Day

P.D. (?)
4
Blue Eyed Verdie

Curly Ray Cline
5
Cripple Creek

P.D.
6
Shout Little Luly

P.D.
7
Will The Circle Be Unbroken

A.P. Carter
8
John Henry

P.D.
9
Little Birdie

P.D.
10
Cindy

P.D.
11
Me And My Buddy

David Marshall
12
Medley
- I Got A Mule To Ride, Rocky Island, Shout Little Luly

P.D.
13
Little Birdie

P.D.
14
The Farmer's Girl

Alton Delmore / Rabon Delmore
15
Old Time Pickin'

R. Stanley
16
Rocky Island

P.D.
17
Blue Eyed Verdie

Curly Ray Cline
18
Interview & Medley
- Shout Little Luly, Little Birdie x2, Little Maggie x 2

P.D.

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