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    • Ralph Stanley - INDIO, CA - APRIL 28:  Musician Ralph Stanley performs onstage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 28, 2012 in Indio, California.
    • Ralph Stanley - Ralph Stanley performs with His Clinch Mountain Boys at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 28, 2012 in Indio, California.
    Born February 25, 1927 in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia.Growing up in rural southwestern Virginia, Stanley learned to play the banjo, claw-hammer, style from his mother. It was her inspiration, coupled with Stanley's natural ability, which led Ralph and his older guitar-playing brother Carter, to form the their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, in 1946. Drawing heavily on the musical traditions of ...more


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