Clinch Mountain Echo

Various Artists - Radio Series Vol. 5

(Wango CD-125) 2005


Radio Series Vol. 5
Rear Cover CD Tray Inner Booklet

The fifth edition of the "Radio Series" includes part of a live broadcast the Stanley's made from "Johnny's Used Car Lot" in Dec. 1963. They had been booked by Ray Davis for the week prior, recording around 25 radio shows for him, and after this afternoon Christmas party show, they recorded the first John's Gospel Quartet LP later in the evening.

Another portion of the "Christmas Show" can be found on 'Radio Series Vol. 6', and from the introductions by Ray Davis and Ralph, it sounds like the section on this CD comes from later in the afternoon, after that which kicks off 'Vol. 6'.

Not all of the party is included on the tape. At the end of Man Of Constant Sorrow, Ralph introduces How Far To Little Rock which is quickly faded out and the start of following comedy routine is also slightly cut.

As with the other shows Ray Davis recorded in that week, Carter was suffering with laryngitis and so lead vocal work was handled by Ralph (Ralph Stranger), George Shuffler (Late Last Night, Long Black Veil) or both (Drinking From The Fountain). There's also a very short snippet of Lonesome Road Blues with Henry Dockery on vocal, which isn't listed on the CD.

Sound quality is generally pretty good, but there is a bit of tape wow/speed fluctuation on Drinking From The Fountain.

Jack Cooke and The Kentucky Colonels were also present in the audience, and Jack can be heard making the occasional 'holler' of encouragement, whilst Carter gives an on air plug to the Kentucky Colonels, who were passing by when the broadcast was made.

It's also worth mentioning the Gillis Brothers, who are also featured on Radio Series Vol. 1, Vol. 2, 'Vol. 6' and 'Vol. 7'. In a piece in Bluegrass Unlimited, Ralph Stanley had this to say about them:- "I always hear a lot of good things about people like the Gillis Brothers doing the old Stanley songs in the old way and I'm always glad to hear it, because every time I do, I feel like it's helping to keep mine and Carter's songs alive"."[1]

It occurred to me that the reason why these 'Radio Series' shows are not split into individual CD tracks, may have been due to the way the US mechanical royalties are calculated (i.e. more tracks would have incurred higher production costs)?

Thanks again to Chris Wing for the loan of this one!

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 174 and 208.

Track:
Title:
1a
Late Last Night
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
1b
Long Black Veil
- Stanley Brothers

Danny Dill / Marijohn Wilkin
2a
Pike County Breakdown
- Stanley Brothers

Rupert Jones (Bill Monroe)
2b
Rank Stranger
- Stanley Brothers

Albert E. Brumley
3a
Little Birdie
- Stanley Brothers

P.D.
3b
Comedy
- Stanley Brothers

N/A
3c
Man Of Constant Sorrow
- Stanley Brothers

R.D. Burnett
4a
Comedy
- Stanley Brothers

N/A
4b
Drinking From The Fountain
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
4c
Boogie Woogie
- Stanley Brothers

George Shuffler / C. Stanley
5a
Theme
- Gillis Brothers

??
5b
New River Train
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
5c
Twenty-One Years
- Gillis Brothers

Bob Miller
6a
Bad Case Of The Blues
- Gillis Brothers

R. Stanley
6b
If I Lose
- Gillis Brothers

R. Stanley
6c
Next Sunday Darlin' Is My Birthday
- Gillis Brothers

Syd Nathan / Arthur Q. Smith
6d
Lonely Tombs
- Gillis Brothers

P.D.
6e
Theme
- Gillis Brothers

??
7a
The Bell's Of St. Mary's
- Warrior River Boys

A. Emmett Adams / Douglas Furber
7b
Rosewood Casket
- Warrior River Boys

P.D.
7c
When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels
- Warrior River Boys

Hank Williams
7d
Farewell To Long Hollow
- Warrior River Boys

?? Bill Monroe ??
8a
Theme: Shenandoah Waltz
- Clyde Moody

Clyde Moody / Chubby Wise
8b
She Cooked My Goose
- Clyde Moody

Clyda Ogletree / Fred Stryker ?
8c
Next Sunday Darlin' Is My Birthday
- Clyde Moody

Syd Nathan / Arthur Q. Smith
8d
Little Blossom
- Clyde Moody

Clyde Moody

Go To Top Of Page [1] 'Bluegrass Unlimited' Nov. 1991 - "The Gillis Brothers - Going For Broke" by Janice Brown McDonald (p.33-35)