In Man of Constant Sorrow, Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley opens up about his expansive career as an old-time musician. Stanley grew up in the Virginia mountains and first learned music from his banjo-playing mother. He interrupted his musical career to farm for a short time, but soon returned to music with his brother Carter. Later in his career, Stanley gained popularity after being featured in the hit motion picture soundtrack for O Brother,Where Art Thou?
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"As half of the musical band the Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley played an enormous role in helping to popularize bluegrass music worldwide. His memoir is a fascinating chronicle of a life in music. Narrator Ed Sala delivers Stanley's homespun narrative with a brusque drawl that befits the accounts of hard knocks--and eventual success. The book covers more than 50 years of American musical and cultural history as well as personal history, including the untimely death of Ralph's brother, Carter. As Stanley--transmogrified through the hickory-smoked voice of Sala--makes clear, long before rockers rampaged like unholy juggernauts, country musicians were seasoned road warriors. J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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