Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Something Old, Something New

& Some Of Katy's Mountain Dew

(Rebel SLP 1503) 1971

Something Old, Something New
Rear Cover (Early Copy) Side One (Early Copy) Side Two (Early Copy)
Front Cover (Later Copy) Rear Cover (Later Copy) Side One (Later Copy) Side Two (Later Copy)

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This album was partly recorded at the sessions for Cry From The Cross 22-23rd February 1971, and then completed at another session on 30th June 1971, after the band had returned from their tour of Japan.

Included are the a cappella Gloryland, and catchy Katy Daly, both of which would become classic Stanley material; Going To Georgia, Will You Miss Me and Cluck Old Hen were old-timers featured by The Stanley Brothers, rendered here in fine form; and Hank Williams' Six More Miles is about as lonesome as lonesome gets.

Brand New Tennessee Waltz was written by folk singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, and featured on his eponymous 1970 debut LP. He had emigrated to Canada in 1967 to avoid the Vietnam draft. [1] The song was also recorded by Joan Baez in 1971.

Old Time Pickin' a clawhammer instrumental was written by Ralph to show off the tone of an old wooden banjo he'd been given by Fay McGinnis the Stanley Brothers fan club president.[2]

A Little Boy Called Joe was presumably recorded as a result of the Clinch Mountain Boys session for Lee Allen's 1970 Songs Of Love And Tragedy LP. On the Rebel release, the song was initially credited to "R. Stanley & L. Allen", with later pressings giving the full credit to "Lee Allen". The song was however composed by Nashville songwriters Marijohn Wilkin & Wayne P. Walker, and as A Little Guy Called Joe it had been a hit for Stonewall Jackson, peaking at #13 in the Billboard Country charts on 12 Dec 1960.

Shot-Gun Slade a rail-road murder ballad, was by Wandell 'Wendy' Smith, who also wrote several songs for Ralph, including Hills Of Home. [3]

That Lonesome Old Song by Gene Duty, who had several songs recorded by Ralph (and Carter), is another classic, with superb vocals from Roy Lee Centers. [4]

Two singles were released from the album: Brand New Tennessee Waltz / Old Time Pickin' (Rebel F-310) which was recorded at the Feb. 1971 sessions, and released to coincide with the Japanese tour; and Katy Daley / Will You Miss Me? (Rebel F-315) which was released after the LP.

All the tracks from the album are featured on the Rebel 1971-1973 4xCD box set, although as they are presented in the sequence they were recorded in, you'll need to copy/burn the relevant tracks, to hear the album as originally released.

Thanks to Todd Gracyk for the additional info!

Side One:
Brand New Tennessee Waltz

Jesse Winchester
Six More Miles

Hank Williams
Cluck Old Hen

A Little Boy Called Joe

Marijohn Wilkin / Wayne P. Walker
Going To Georgia


Side Two:
Shot-Gun Slade

Wandell 'Wendy' Smith
Will You Miss Me

A.P. Carter
Old Time Pickin'

R. Stanley
Katy Daley

Eamon O'Shea arr Paul Mullins
That Lonesome Old Song

Gene Duty / R. Stanley
Prettiest Bed Of Flowers

Albert E. Brumley

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[2] John Wright's book "Traveling The High Way Home" (p.18)
[3] For more detail see the Brand New Country Songs; Hills Of Home; and Sing Michigan Bluegrass entries.
[4] For more detail see the Sing Michigan Bluegrass and Brand New Country Songs entries.