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Lonesome MelodiesThe Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers$
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David W. Johnson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036460

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.001.0001

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. A Band on the Run

. A Band on the Run

(p.40) 4. A Band on the Run
Lonesome Melodies

David W. Johnson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes Carter’s time in the band of fellow veteran Roy Sykes; the Stanley brothers’ formation of their band; and the role of their father Lee as their manager and agent. The months of October and November 1946 were life-changing for Carter and Ralph. In the space of six weeks, they made the transition from returning soldiers to a pair of professional musicians at an exciting time for American music.

Keywords:   Ralph Stanley, Carter Stanley, Stanley Brothers, Lee Stanley, musicians

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