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Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

David W. Johnson


Carter and Ralph Stanley—the Stanley Brothers—are comparable to Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as important members of the earliest generation of bluegrass musicians. This biography of the brothers documents that Carter (1925–1966) and Ralph (b. 1927) were equally important contributors to the tradition of old-time country music. Together from 1946 to 1966, the Stanley Brothers began their careers performing in the schoolhouses of southwestern Virginia and expanded their popularity to the concert halls of Europe. In order to re-create this post-World War II journey through the changing landsc ... More

Keywords: Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, bluegrass musicians, country music, southwestern Virginia, concert halls, American music, Ralph Stanley, Carter Stanley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036460
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Johnson, author