Death has finally claimed the irreplaceable Dr. Ralph Stanley, but not before he laid down a 70 year legacy of recording, writing and performing what he called “old-time mountain style” music but everyone else called bluegrass.
Dr. Ralph gained a new measure of fame for his a capella version of “O Death” on the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou?. With just his voice alone, Stanley was more bone-chillingly badass than Metallica’s “Fade To Black”, Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” and any 10 other lurid, head-banging, horror-filled rock & roll songs about the end which awaits us all.
Outsourcing to a regular reader—
Best African-American Spiritual with Jerusalem in the title performed by all-Israeli 1930’s-style close harmony group?
Whatever the question, the answer is Walk in Jerusalem performed by The Hazelnuts.”