Together from 1946 to 1966, The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys began their careers performing on local radio and in the schoolhouses of southwestern Virginia. They ultimately expanded their popularity to American universities, country music parks and the concert halls of Europe.
David Johnson made an extreme effort to write a factual and often first-person account using Ralph Stanley's own words, as well as conversations with family, closest friends and several of Ralph's band members he has had through the years. Johnson has provided an amazing perspective of the Stanley's personalities and trials and tribulations as they traveled the many roads to a moderate level of success. (True monetary success was not afforded the brothers while Carter was still alive. It wasn't until Ralph's inclusion in the 'O, Brother Where Art Thou' film that his income "...made things a bit easier on my family.")
It is rare in today's world to read a biography of well known artists which does not resort to sensationalism, speculation and sordid details for no apparent reason. David Johnson managed to allow the reader a personal insight into the personal lives of Carter and Ralph without casting unnecessary dispersions upon the subjects. This true story is not always comfortable to read, but it is The Truth. In the end, the reader will find this story to be an educational and refreshing trip into the career and lives of two most important contributors to American music history.
University Press of Mississippi is the publisher of this first-ever Stanley Brothers biography.
6 x 9 inches
16 black and white photographs
Scheduled release is February 2013.
The suggested retail price is $50 USD and will also be available as an E-book.
NOTE: EBB will publish a reminder on this blog when the book is officially released.