Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Old Time Songs

(Stanleytone STCD-5001) 2001


Old Time Songs
Rear Cover CD Tray Booklet Picture L-R: Ralph, Curley Lambert and Carter Booklet Picture: Ralph Mayo

This CD contains a set that was recorded by Larry Ehrlich at the WCYB radio studio on 24th March 1956. A fan of the Stanley Brothers, from Chicago, he had travelled to Bristol to see the band.

Larry:- "This recording was made... after a long day of radio shows, barn dances, hog auctions and the like, Carter, Ralph, Curley Lambert, Ralph Mayo and I went to WCYB studios around midnight where I set up a mike, asked the Stanley's to sing some of the old traditional songs and turned on the tape recorder."

The recording features many 'oldies' that the Stanley's hadn't at that time recorded, and is quite a relaxed, informal session. Ralph picks mandolin on East Virginia Blues and apparently Curley Lambert's absence on the latter tracks is explained by him having fallen asleep underneath the studio's piano!

Larry didn't have to pay anything to make the recording[1] and much later Ralph released it on CD and sold through his fan-club and at gigs. It was also re-released in 2004 as An Evening Long Ago on Columbia/DMZ, with a slightly longer running time (47:30 mins). The timing difference between the two seems to be fractionally different playback speed of the original tape (about 2%). I can't discern any difference otherwise.

I presume that this is the same Larry Ehrlich, who is co-credited as producer on Ralph's 2002 Ralph Stanley and 2006 A Distant Land To Roam Columbia/DMZ albums.

The Stanleytone CD comes with extensive liner notes by Gary B. Reid.

 

For more detailed breakdown and background to the session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 58-59 and 75-76.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(46:30)
1
Handsome Molly

P.D.
2
East Virginia Blues

A.P. Carter
3
The Story Of The Lawson Family

Walter 'Kid' Smith
4
Dream Of A Miner's Child

Robert Donnelly / Will Geddes
5
Come All You Tenderhearted

P.D.
6
Poor Ellen Smith

P.D.
7
Darling Do You Know Who Loves You

Billy Cox
8
Shout Little Lulie

P.D.
9
Bound To Ride

Arthur Leroy Smith
10
Meet Me Tonight

Joseph Augustine Wade
11
My Long Skinny Lanky Sarah Jane

R. Stanley
12
Little Bessie

P.D.
13
Train 45

G.B. Grayson
14
John Henry

P.D.
15
Little Birdie

P.D.
16
Drifting Too Far From The Shore

Charles E. Moody
17
Orange Blossom Special

Ervin T. Rouse
18
Nine Pound Hammer

P.D.
19
Feast Here Tonight

Pete Kirby
20
Tragic Love

Buddy Dee

Go To Top Of Page [1] email from Larry Ehrlich quoted in David W. Johnson's book 'Lonesome Melodies - The Lives And Music Of The Stanley Brothers' (p.128)