Ralph Stanley II
Ralph Stanley II Ralph Stanley II, has spent nearly half his 30 years as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for his father's fabled bluegrass band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. But like the great vocalist Keith Whitley, who preceded him in that position, Stanley has always had a passion for hardcore country songs, the ones that never wear thin from repeated singing. "I've always wanted to do something more traditionally country," he says, "because that's the music I really admired growing up" Those who cherish a direct, unadorned and emotionally honest sound will be glad. Stanley's voice resonates with the same sensitivity and conviction we hear in such masters as George Jones, Merle Haggard and John Anderson.