Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick, Remembers Ralph Stanley [Editorial]
The following editorial was written by Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick, in remembrance of Ralph Stanley:
Ralph Stanley's career spanned 70 years, the first 20 with his brother Carter, and the last 50 on his own. He must have recorded well over 100 albums and over 1,000 songs. His singing in particular touched so many of us, but also his humble and gentle manner -- and that fiery banjo playing with the completely recognizable sound.
His bands were always top notch and able to thrill audiences with great music - relaxed yet cohesive to a fault and SO soulful, so expressive of the mountain folks he represented.
Ralph's music was a special gift to all of us, for the rest of time. We were fortunate to be witness to it and I know it will be at the core of my love of bluegrass as long as I live.
Pete is a founding member of the Colorado based, award winning Bluegrass band Hot Rize. He is an accomplished banjo player in his own right.