Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph II Stanley - Carrying On

(Rebel REB-CD-1805) 2004


Carrying On
Rear Cover CD Tray

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Ralph II's fourth 'solo' CD is another fairly decent effort, with seven songs drawn from Ralph Stanley / Stanley Brothers repertoire, and five new compositions including a Tom T. & Dixie Hall co-write with Billy Smith called Welcoming Tomb, which is one of the albums best cuts.

Once again fellow CMB's John Rigsby, Steve Sparkman, and James Alan Shelton provide backing, with guest spots by Junior Blankenship and Dr. Ralph and other well known 'bluegrass' names here and there.

Of the 'new' songs, four are co-written by Ralph II. You Will Never Be Mine and I Am The Way I Am with Junior Blankenship; the instrumental Arizona Line with James Alan Shelton; amd Carrying On, an ode to the Stanley's co-credited to Bill Castle and Kathy Gooding.

NB: (a) Ralph II plays lead guitar in (4); (b) RJ 'Ron' Rigsby plays banjo on (5). Ralph Stanley sings tenor on (6) and (7). Junior Blankenship plays guitar on (11). Lona Heins high-baritone on (5) and (7). Kenny Smith lead guitar on (6). Josh Williams mandolin on (6) and Dave Roe bass on (6).

Track:
Title:
CD:
(35:12)
1
Ain't It Hard

P.D.
2
Single Girl

A.P. Carter
3
You Will Never Be Mine

Ralph Stanley II / Hillard Blankenship Jr.
4
Arizona Line

Ralph Stanley II / James Alan Shelton
5
Welcombing Tomb

Tom T. Hall / Dixie Hall / Billy Smith
6
Mountain Dew

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
7
Devil's Little Angel

Don 'Hargis' Kelley
8
I Am The Way I Am

Ralph Stanley II / Hillard Blankenship Jr.
9
Pretty Woman

Candance Randolph / R. Stanley
10
Are You Proud Of America

Gene Duty / R. Stanley
11
Carrying On

Ralph Stanley II / Bill Castle / Kathy Gooding
12
God's Highway

C. Stanley / R. Stanley

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