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The Stanley Brothers - America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny

(King KLP-872) Jan 1964


America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny

This is another one I don't have an original copy of... but being a huge fan of 'Stanley-style' banjo, and Ralph's instrumentals, I hope to rectify that soon! The album was recorded at two sessions on 13th Aug and 16-17th Sep 1963, and features some of Ralph's unique, and to my mind under-rated banjo instrumentals.

One single was taken from the album: Five String Drag / Shout Little Lulie (King 5934) Sep 1964; and Train 45 from the session was also released coupled with I Just Stood There (King 5916) Jul 1964.

Trying to learn 'Stanley-style' banjo, a couple of years ago I was advised to listen to Ralph's instrumental numbers, so I stuck about 40 of them on my ipod and I've been listening to them non-stop ever since!

The album has been reissued (Gusto?? ) 197? and as 'Banjo In The Hills' (Starday SK-872) 1977?. More recently, there has been the 'Complete Starday And King Instrumentals' CD set, but it's probably better to pick up The King Years, 1961-1965 4xCD box set.

 

For detailed information on these songs / sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 169-170, 172-173, 202-203.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Train 45
02:43
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

G.B. Grayson
A-2
Shamrock
01:50
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

R. Stanley
A-3
Rang Tang
02:37
16 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

R. Stanley / George Shuffler
A-4
Ground Hog / Red River Valley
02:36
16 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

P.D.
A-5
Lonesome Traveler
02:06
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

R. Stanley
A-6
Sourwood Mountain
02:08
16 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

P.D.
B-1
Stoney Creek
02:03
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

R. Stanley
B-2
Big Booger
02:49
16 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

R. Stanley
B-3
When You And I Were Young, Maggie / Red Wing
02:42
16 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

P.D.
B-4
Shout Little Lulie
01:51
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

P.D.
B-5
Five String Drag
01:52
17 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

R. Stanley / George Shuffler
B-6
Snow Deer
02:30
17 Sep 1963
America's Finest Five-String Banjo Hootenanny Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

P.D.

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