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Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform "Little Birdie"

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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Video Title
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform "Little Birdie"
Description
To purchase music by Ralph Stanley, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/25mzsab 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. A higher resolution version of this video can be viewed at: http://www.folkways.si.edu/video/usa.aspx The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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6,599
Video Duration
3 min 54 sec
Creator
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Uploaded
2010-04-22T16:37:28.000Z
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Youtube videos
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