1. The Ralph Stanley Story (d. Herb e. Smith, 2000, 82 min) is a portrait of the Grammy award-winning bluegrass music great and star of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. For over 60 years, Ralph Stanley’s banjo playing, haunting tenor voice and tradition-inspired repertoire have epitomized the bluegrass sound. This documentary explores Stanley’s musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, the early days of The Stanley Brothers, and Ralph’s decision to continue on after the untimely death of brother Carter. Interviews with Ralph, former band members, and musicians Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam are intercut with live performances of such songs as "Rank Stranger," "Pretty Polly," and "Man of Constant Sorrow." Ralph also performs with Larry Sparks and Ricky Skaggs at his annual “Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival.”

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