S2:E8 // Ralph Stanley & The Hundred Year Old Voice
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“The boy with the hundred year old voice” Dr. Ralph Stanley grew up in the hills of Southwest Virginia during the Great Depression. He and his brother Carter were heavily inspired by The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bill Monroe, who The Stanley Brothers would feud with decades later. Radio was king, and The Stanley Brothers became a household name throughout Appalachia by merciless appearances. Hear the story of how this farmhand persisted through waves of personal and career hardships, always staying true and believing in the old-time country music he played until becoming the international patriarch of traditional mountain music.

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Nicholas Edward Williams - Production, Editing, Recording and Distribution

Ryan Eastridge - Writing

Source Credits:

Musical Holdouts


The Stanley Brothers’ Story 1969

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times


Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley Museum


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