Old-Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection

Old-Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection

by Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley


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Ralph Stanley is one of very few bluegrass banjo players who still occasionally takes off the steel fingerpicks and plays in the older, more traditional clawhammer (or "frailing") style. It's a more modal and percussive approach, one that carries with it the rough-hewn charm of old-time string band music rather than the flashier, more commercial appeal of bluegrass. This 18-track set (half the tracks are new to CD) is drawn from Stanley's long run with Rebel Records and includes him playing the banjo in the clawhamer style he learned from his mother when he was 11 years old. The virtuoso speed and considered slickness of contemporary bluegrass are nowhere to be found here, but that doesn't mean this is a radically different Ralph Stanley, it's just Stanley working closer to his string band roots. The approach is still the same, and his singing is still full of mountain gospel as he searches for meaning and redemption in the old songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511752024
catalogNumber: 7520
Rank: 39461

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Banjolin
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin
Keith Whitley   Guitar
Junior Blankenship   Guitar
Curley Ray Cline   Fiddle
Jack Cooke   Bass
Roy Lee Centers   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Sizemore   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
James Alan Shelton   Rhythm Guitar
James Price   Fiddle
John Rigsby   Mandolin
Ralph Stanley   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Lee   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Arranger,Composer
Eddie Dean   Liner Notes
Alan Maggard   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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