Man of Constant Sorrow

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ralph Stanley looks back on his long career as the patriarch of old-time mountain music. In Man of Constant Sorrow, he tells the story of how music now popular around the world was created by two brothers from a dying southern mountain culture.


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Comments [9]

Sara from Springfield, NJ

love this music no matter what it is called? What are the names of available recordings?

Nov. 10 2009 12:25 PM
db from nyc

Oh, MAN! Beautiful voice!

Nov. 10 2009 12:20 PM
db from nyc

When are you playing NYC?

We need more!!!

Nov. 10 2009 12:19 PM
Janny from jersey city

I am not remotely religious...but this music makes me believe in a higher power!!!

Nov. 10 2009 12:18 PM
db from nyc

... any comments on E.C. and Orna Ball?

Nov. 10 2009 12:18 PM
Tobi Jo LeBron

I would like to thank Ralph Stanley for a lifetime of phenomenal music that has inspired all of my favorite musicians. Thank you a million times!

And your fans would love to hear more of you in New York City.

Nov. 10 2009 12:16 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

Clawhammer = old-time; Scruggs style = bluegrass. Though some say the fiddle is the difference between bluegrass and old-time?

Nov. 10 2009 12:16 PM
db from nyc

Bravo, Ralph Stanley!!!

A gentleman and a genius musician!!!

Thank you for your fantastic music - keep up the great work!

Nov. 10 2009 12:16 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

I love Ralph Stanley!

But Leonard, bluegrass and old-time are different genres of American folk.

Nov. 10 2009 12:10 PM

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