Clinch Mountain Echo

Various Artists - Radio Series Vol. 1

(Wango CD-109) 1998


Radio Series Vol. 1
Rear Cover CD Tray Inner Booklet

This 74:03 min compilation includes one of the 25 or so Radio shows the Stanley Brothers recorded for Ray Davis in Dec. 1963. Two of the cuts (Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die and Little Maggie) had previously been released on the Wango EP-110 7", but the rest of the material is unique to this CD.

Unfortunately, during the week the radio shows were made Carter was suffering from laryngitis, so his contribution is largely limited to rhythm guitar and the occasional croaky introduction. Because of this, Ralph and the CMB's (George Shuffler and Henry Dockery) have to do more of the singing, which makes renditions of Sunny Side Of The Mountain, Mountain Dew and Rank Stranger a bit different.

On the plus side, Ralph's banjo playing is excellent particularly on Whoa Mule. The absence of Carter also means George Shuffler is called in to provide short guitar instrumental versions of Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die, Weeping Willow and Mountain Pickin'[1]. George is also featured quite heavily on Little Maggie, and Henry Dockery sings lead on Mountain Dew.

The rest of the CD also contains excellent radio broadcasts made by The Basement Band (James King / Danny, Bob & Michael Paisley / Robert & T.J. Lundy and Jon Glik); The Warrior River Boys with David Davis and Scott Brannon, and The Gillis Brothers.

As with the other Wango CD's the 'Radio Series' are not that easy to find. I think they were sold by Ray Davis over the air (or during fund-raising drives for WAMU Radio), with some copies sold at Ralph's gigs. The all contain good stuff, but the main frustration with the Radio Series is that individual songs aren't given their own CD track. ie. this CD has over 30 pieces of content, but only 11 tracks...

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 173-174 and 204-209.

Track:
Title:
1a
Theme (Cripple Creek)
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
1b
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
- Stanley Brothers

Harry C. McAuliffe / Bobby Gregory
2a
Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die
- Stanley Brothers

C. Van Ness / Z. Manners
2b
Little Maggie
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
3a
Mountain Pickin'
- Stanley Brothers

??
3b
Comedy
- Stanley Brothers

N/A
3c
Good Ole Mountain Dew
- Stanley Brothers

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
4a
Clinch Mountain Backstep
- Stanley Brothers

Ruby Rakes
4b
Whoa Mule Whoa
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
5a
Weeping Willow
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
5b
Rank Stranger
- Stanley Brothers

Albert E. Brumley
5c
Theme (Cripple Creek)
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
6a
I'm On My Way To The Old Home
- Basement Band

Bill Monroe
6b
Lonesome Old Home
- Basement Band

Curnie Wilson / Russell Wilson / Ed Hamilton
6c
Billy In The Low Ground
- Basement Band

P.D.
7a
Bring Back To Me My Wandering Boy
- Basement Band

R.S. Hanna
7b
Six More Miles
- Basement Band

Hank Williams
7c
Our Darlin's Gone
- Basement Band

C. Stanley
7d
Old Joe Clark
- Basement Band

P.D.
8a
Long Journey Home
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

P.D.
8b
Log Cabin In The Lane
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

Will S. Hays
8c
I Know You're Married
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

Don Reno / Mac Magaha
9a
Fireball Mail
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

Fred Rose (aka Floyd Jenkins)
9b
Wreck Of The #9
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

Carson Robison
9c
Lightning Express
- Warrior River Boys with Scott Brannon

Bradley Kincaid
9d
I'm Blue & I'm Lonesome Too
Warrior River Boys with James King

Bill Monroe / Hank Williams
10a
Train 45
- Gillis Brothers

G.B. Grayson
10b
New River Train
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
11a
Jenny Lynn
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
11b
What Will The Coming Of The Lord Mean To You
- Gillis Brothers

??
11c
Keeper Of The Door
- Gillis Brothers

??
11d
Theme
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.

Go To Top Of Page [1] Mountain Pickin' is a different tune to the track with the same name on John's Country Quartet / Stanley Brothers Of Virginia, Vol. 2: Long Journey Home.