Carrying On

Carrying On

by Ralph Stanley IIRalph Stanley II


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Contemporary bluegrass has as much in common with older styles of country as it does bluegrass, and seems to succeed by combining instrumental rusticity (banjo, mandolin) with smooth vocals. Ralph Stanley II comes from bluegrass royalty and tours as part of his father's band, but he's updated the old Stanley style and songs for the 21st century. Carrying On, then, includes mostly classic material from the Stanleys (Carter and Ralph), A.P. Carter, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford presented in a contemporary style. There are also a couple of originals co-written by Stanley II. He's joined for solid versions of "Single Girl," "Mountain Dew," and "Ain't It Hard" by mandolinist John Rigsby, guitarist James Alan Shelton, banjoist Steve Sparkman, fiddler Tim Crouch, guitarist R.J. Rigsby, and bassist David Smith. There's also time on Carrying On for religion on "Welcoming Tomb" and "Map of God's Highway," and a bit of patriotism on "Are You Proud of America." The only small complaint is that a song called "Pretty Woman" sounds a lot like a revamped version of the lead cut, "Ain't It Hard." Stanley fans -- of the father or the son -- and contemporary bluegrass lovers will be glad the family's carrying the tradition on.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511180520
catalogNumber: 111805
Rank: 125189

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Blankenship   Guitar
Tim Crouch   Fiddle
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
John Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Lona Heid   Baritone (Vocal)
Josh Williams & High Gear   Mandolin
Kenny Smith   Guitar
David Smith   Bass
R. J. "Ron" Rigsby   Banjo,Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Banjo-ukelele
David Roe   Bass
RJ "Ron" Rigsby   Banjo,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford   Composer
James Alan Shelton   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Bill Castle   Composer
Clinch Mountain Boys   Producer
R. J. "Ron" Rigsby   Producer
David Robinson   Engineer
Candace Randolph   Composer
RJ "Ron" Rigsby   Audio Production

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