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Songs My Mother Taught Me & More
Ralph Stanley
Songs My Mother Taught Me & More
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1

Thanks mostly to Earl Scruggs, most of the banjo music heard today is of the three-finger variety, distinguished by its intricacy and its circular motion--in short, its "roll." But Lucy Smith Stanley, Ralph's mother, and h...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ralph Stanley
Title: Songs My Mother Taught Me & More
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Freeland Records
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 750442065524, 750442065548

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Thanks mostly to Earl Scruggs, most of the banjo music heard today is of the three-finger variety, distinguished by its intricacy and its circular motion--in short, its "roll." But Lucy Smith Stanley, Ralph's mother, and her 11 siblings picked up the banjo long before the Scruggs style became popular. Her technique, the traditional clawhammer style, is a more percussive, raw-sounding method in which the player brushes all of the strings with downward (or upward) strokes rather than fingerpicks them individually. Although Ralph Stanley eventually became proficient in both styles (and the in-between two-finger style), he first learned the clawhammer style from his mother as a young boy and he still has a soft spot for the old-time technique. This charming collection focuses exclusively on the original style (and many of the first tunes Stanley learned from ma) and combines studio and live recordings from the 1970s to the 1990s. --Marc Greilsamer
 

CD Reviews

Songs My Mother Taught Me & More Ralph Stanley
Karen Burleson | Bakersville NC | 08/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is awsome if you like the traditional bluegrass style if you have never heard that style of banjo picking you should invest in this CD. I'm a true Ralph Stanley fan and I have had a couple of chances to see him in person and I must say this is the best . He doesn't do this style of banjo picking much anymore so one day this will be a rare style. I give this cd a thumbs up !"