The Stanley Brothers

The Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys

  • AllMusic Rating
    6
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

From their modest beginnings in post-World War II America, the Stanley Brothers have voiced some of the most beautiful harmony lines in bluegrass music. They've written some of its greatest songs as well.

This album was recorded in 1959 by the influential King label out of Cincinnati. The 12 bluegrass songs featured here, including the rousing "How Mountain Girls Can Love," reflect not only the era of this fine recording, but also the two brothers' humble Shenandoah Valley roots. There are also a number of rollicking instrumentals, including "Clinch Mountain Backstep" and "Midnight Ramble," both of which showcase Ralph Stanley's peerless banjo picking. At their best, as they are here, the Stanleys are the finest duo in the history of bluegrass.

blue highlight denotes track pick