A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family

A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family

by Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley


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Few living artists can say they saw the original Carter Family perform; fewer still can boast of actually playing with A.P., Sara, and Maybelle. Ralph Stanley has done both. Hailing from the same Clinch Mountain area as the Carters and possessing the same intimate knowledge of mountain living, Stanley makes a tribute to the original country trio that's a marked improvement over his morose debut for T-Bone Burnett's DMZ label and closer in spirit and style to his great Rebel recordings. With the buoyant support of his Clinch Mountain Boys (supplemented by Mike Seeger on autoharp and Dennis Crouch on bass), Stanley gets close to the earth on the stately "Longing for Home" and sounds appropriately jubilant on a driving, mid-tempo version of the exhilarating spiritual number "God Gave Noah a Rainbow." With Steve Sparkman and Mark Meade stepping lively on banjo and fiddle, respectively, Stanley digs into "Worried Man Blues" with a certain zest and enthusiastically delivers "Keep on the Firing Line" with an energetic mandolin solo from John Rigsby. Subtle but potent, Ralph Stanley touches all the places of the heart on this disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969362921
catalogNumber: 93629
Rank: 122021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Autoharp
Jack Cooke   Vocals
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
John Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Clinch Mountain Boys   Musician
Todd Meade   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bob Neuwirth   Producer,Audio Production
T Bone Burnett   Executive Producer
James Alan Shelton   Song Research
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Larry Ehrlich   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Song Research

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