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Music Music April 13, 1998
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The Stanley Brothers
Earliest Recordings:
The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s

1947-1952

Bristol, Virginia, 1948: In a deliriously high-pitched croon, the singer relates the sorrows of an itinerant existence. He steps from the mic and a keening fiddle takes over, swallowing the melody in mournful swoops, itself superseded by lightning-paced runs up and down a mandolin fretboard. Old-school hillbilly sounds encounter their radical, upstart cousin, bluegrass. The collection is keening and lovely, by some of the true originators of American music.


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