Excellent and overlooked material from the great Ralph Stanley – working here as a solo act in the time after the wonderful Stanley Brother
s recordings on Starday/
King – in a set of small label recordings that are every bit as great as those 60s classics! The material here is very spare, stripped down, and traditional – with a young Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley stepping in as part of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Ralph himself singing with that incredible style that's easily made him one of the greatest talents ever in bluegrass – a cat who can put over a message or a story with undeniable charm, but all with an effortless approach that's still mindblowing after all these years. Stanley also plays banjo in the lead, alongside acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass – and the 2CD set brings together tracks from the albums Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Featuring Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs, Sing Michigan Bluegrass, and Gospel Echoes Of The Stanley Brother
s. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Master's Bouquet", "Wings of Angels", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "Loving You Too Well", "I Long To See The Old Folks", "Little Glass Of Wine", "Another Song Another Drink", and "River Underground".