Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley & Friends - Man Of Constant Sorrow

(Cracker Barrel RRE-CD161) 2014

Man Of Constant Sorrow
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Average Album Rating: 3.75
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Another of those 'guest' albums, featuring mainly individual vocalists singing songs from the Stanley repertoire, with the CMB's providing most of the back-up.

The sessions took place in November 2014[1] at Jim Lauderdale's house, with additonal help from Ronnie McCoury - mandolin; T Bone Burnett - guitar; Paul Kowert - bass & Ralph II Stanley - guitar.

On some tracks Ralph's involvement is mainly confined to singing back-up, but there are exceptions. Ralph sings lead on the chorus to Rank Stranger and shares lead duties with producers Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale on I Am The Man, Thomas.

A couple of the tracks have quite imaginatve arrangements - Gillian Welch & David Rawlings version of Pig In A Pen features Rawlings on clawhammer banjo, and Two Coats with Ralph and Robert Plant sharing lead vocals is atmospheric with droning fiddle backup.

To close the album Ralph sings a ragged but heartfelt rendition of the Hills Of Home tribute to Carter, and his signature song Man Of Constant Sorrow.

The CD was sold through the 'Cracker Barrel' restaurant chain/website.

Ralph would have been 87 when this album was recorded, and although his voice is no longer what it was, I'm glad be got to record this one, and glad too that he's obviously had such good supportive family/friends.

We Shall Rise
- Josh Turner

J.E. Thomas
I Only Exist
- Dierks Bentley

Joyce Morris / Jimmie Stanley
Sweethearts In Heaven
- Ricky Skaggs

C. Stanley
Rank Stranger
- Nathan Stanley

Albert E. Brumley
I Am The Man Thomas
- Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

Larry Sparks / R. Stanley
White Dove
- Lee Ann Womack with Aubrie Sellers

C. Stanley
Red Wicked Wine
- Elvis Costello

John Brenton Preston
Pig In A Pen
- Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

P.D. or Arthur Smith?
Two Coats
- Robert Plant

R. Stanley
Brand New Tennessee Waltz
- Del McCoury

Jesse James Winchester
Short Life Of Trouble
- Old Crow Medicine Show

G.B. Grayson
Hills Of Home
- Ralph Stanley

Wendy Smith / R. Stanley
Man Of Constant Sorrow
- Ralph Stanley

R.D. Burnett

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