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Remembering Bluegrass Singer Ralph Stanley

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The genre-defining singer joined World Cafe in 2002 for a career-spanning conversation.
A distinct American voice is gone. The bluegrass and old-time singer Ralph Stanley died Thursday at age 89. He lived a rich, full life of music; singing with his brother Carter as The Stanley Brothers, he helped define the bluegrass sound from the 1940s onward. After Carter Stanley died in 1966, Ralph continued playing with The Clinch Mountain Boys.

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