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Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - "Little Birdie" [Live at Folklife Festival 2003]
Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys perform "Little Birdie" during the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A live version of the song by The Stanley Brothers appears on 'Friends of Old Time Music,' released by Folkways in 1964. Purchase the album on Smithsonian Folkways: Ralph Stanley, born in Virginia, USA, in 1927, is an influential and celebrated figure in the history of bluegrass music. He created a unique style of banjo playing, sometimes called "Stanley Style," characterized by incredibly fast "forward rolls" (a technique in banjo playing) led by the index finger. Stanley often played with a capo to use the higher registers of the banjo. This 2003 performance by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys demonstrates the instrumental solos and breakneck speed that characterize bluegrass music. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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3 min 55 sec
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