This week I’ve mostly been listening to The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers featuring the 22 songs Bluegrass duo Ralph and Carter Stanley (banjo and guitar respectively) recorded for the label between 1949 and 1952. Its fantastic old-time Appalachian mountain music: full of death, sorrow, angels and heaven.
This footage of the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys performing “It Takes A Worried Man” (aka “Worried Man Blues”) is from Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest show and was recorded a few months before Carter passed away. The tall chap in the middle who steps forward with his guitar is the wonderfully named George Shuffler. Don Miller is on fiddle and the bass fiddler is James “Chick” Stripling. Take it away boys.