Clinch Mountain Echo

Various Artists - Radio Series Vol. 4

(Wango CD-114) 2000


Radio Series Vol. 4
Rear Cover CD Tray Inner Booklet

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The fourth installment of "Radio Series" includes just over 22 min. of Stanley Brothers material which they recorded for Ray Davis in Dec. 1963. As other shows the Stanleys recorded usually lasted around 15mins, it seems this is a combination of two or more, although the 'join' isn't obvious.

As with the other shows, Carter had laryngitis at the time and his participation is largely limited to rhythm guitar plus the occasional introduction and comedy routine. Ralph's banjo work is featured quite prominently, with an excellent rendition of Pretty Polly and a few short instrumentals. Ralph also sings lead vocal on Going To Georgia and performs a rare rendition of Bill Monroe's Pike County Breakdown, which Ralph played live but didn't otherwise record until 1971.[1] Also it's worth mentioning that although Cotton Eyed Joe is shown on the artwork, the CD features a short banjo rendition of Cumberland Gap.

George Shuffler also sings lead on several numbers including Old Love Letters, God Gave You To Me and I Cried Again.

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

All the Wango CD's including 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. They 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...

Playing time is approx 72:32 min.

 

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
Going To Georgia
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
1c
Big Tilda
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
2
Pretty Polly

- Stanley Brothers
P.D.
3a
In The Mood
- Stanley Brothers

??
3b
Comedy
- Stanley Brothers

N/A
3c
Old Love Letters
- Stanley Brothers

Johnny Bond
4a
Cumberland Gap
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
4b
Old Crossroads
- Stanley Brothers

Bill Monroe
5a
Pike County Breakdown
- Stanley Brothers

Rupert Jones (Bill Monroe)
5b
God Gave You To Me
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
6a
Comedy
- Stanley Brothers

N/A
6b
I Cried Again
- Stanley Brothers

Autry Inman
6c
Theme (Cripple Creek)

P.D.
7a
Old Joe Clark
- Basement Band

P.D.
7b
I Hear A Choo Choo Coming
- Basement Band

Corbet 'Cuddles' Newsome
7c
If That's The Way You Feel
- Basement Band

R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
8a
Live And Let Live
- Basement Band

Wiley Walker / Gene Sullivan
8b
Cheap Love Affair
- Basement Band

Chuck Carson / Bill Monroe
8c
Soldier's Joy
- Basement Band

P.D.
9a
Let's Part The Best Of Friends
- Basement Band

C. Stanley
9b
Who'll Sing For Me
- Basement Band

John Thomas Ely
9c
Bill Cheatum
- Basement Band

P.D.
10a
East Bound Freight Train
- Warrior River Boys

Grandpa Jones
10b
Lamplighting Time In The Valley
- Warrior River Boys

Lyons/ Hart / Poulton / Goodman / Upson
10c
Keep On The Sunnyside
- Warrior River Boys

A.P. Carter
11a
Keep My Love With You
- Warrior River Boys

R. Stanley
11b
Florida Blues
- Warrior River Boys

Arthur Leroy Smith
11c
Someone Took My Place With You
- Warrior River Boys

Flatt / Scruggs / Thomas
11d
Purple Robe
- Warrior River Boys

Odell McLeod
11e
Dusty Miller
- Warrior River Boys

P.D.

Go To Top Of Page [1] Ralph recorded Pike County Breakdown on Curly Ray Cline's They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree LP.