Clinch Mountain Echo

Bill Wicker with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - Sacred Songs From The Past

(No label C-4540) 1990


Bill Wicker with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - Sacred Songs From The Past
Cassette inlay

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This second cassette collaboration with Bill Wicker and Ralph was limited to 500 copies. The recording sessions, which took place at Maggard Sound Studios in Oct. 1990, were paid for by one of Bill's neighbours, and Bill later recalled that the results "weren't all that great".

His comments were a bit too self-critical. Bill's voice blends well with Ralph and indeed he is said to have been offered the lead vocal spot with the band.

Certainly as Ralph's cassette side-projects go, this is one of the best, although they are all now terribly rare and near impossible to find.

Brian Tussey, who plays mandolin on the tape also lived in NE Indiana around that time but is thought to have later returned to his native SE Kentucky.

For more info on Bill Wicker see the It's Never Too Late entry.

Thanks to Steve Wisener for helping with some of the info on this release.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
 
1
The Master's Bouquet

Marvin E. Baumgardner
2
Little Bessie

P.D.
3
Death Is Only A Dream

C.W. Ray / A.J. Buchanan
4
Zion's Hill

James A. Crutchfield
5
The Orphan Girl

P.D.
Side Two:
 
1
My Main Trial Is Yet To Come

J.L. Frank / Pee Wee King
2
Stairway To Heaven

Bill Grant
3
When I Get Home

Roscoe S. Reed
4
The Village Churchyard

P.D.
5
A Few More Years

Horatius Bonar