Gary Reid, "The Music of the Stanley Brothers"

Words of Note Festival

Gary Reid, "The Music of the Stanley Brothers"

Thursday, September 8, 7pm

The premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons

In 1946, the Stanley Brothers embarked on a career that helped define and shape the creation of bluegrass music. Carter Stanley, whom Bill Monroe called "the finest natural lead singer there ever was," wrote emotionally wrenching songs interpreted in harmony with brother Ralph's haunting high tenor and voices from members of their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Music of the Stanley Brothers brings together forty years of passionate research by scholar and record label owner Gary B. Reid. A leading authority on the Stanleys, Reid augments his own vast knowledge of their music with interviews, documents ranging from books to folios sold by the brothers at shows, and the words of Ralph Stanley, former band members, guest musicians, session producers, songwriters, and bluegrass experts. The result is a reference that illuminates the Stanleys' art and history.

It is all here: dates and locations; the roster of players on well-known and obscure sessions alike; master/matrix and catalog/release numbers, with reissue information; a full discography sorting out the Stanleys' complex recording history; the stories behind the music; and exquisitely informed biographical notes that place events in the context of the brothers' careers and lives. Monumental and indispensable, The Music of the Stanley Brothers provides fans and scholars alike with a guide for immersion in the long career and breathtaking repertoire of two legendary American musicians.

Gary B. Reid is the founder and head of Copper Creek Records, a label specializing in bluegrass and old-time music, and is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Award for best liner notes.

The Music of the Stanley Brothers (Music in American Life) Cover Image
By Gary B. Reid, Neil V. Rosenberg (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780252080333
Availability: Limited Availability - Give us a call, we'll track it down for you!
Published: University of Illinois Press - December 15th, 2014

Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401