RALPH STANLEY Saturday Night (1992) & Sunday Morning (1992)

Saturday Night (1992)
Sunday Morning
Stunning Set Of Companion
CDs From A Music God & His Disciples

I still remember the first time I heard Ralph Stanley’s voice. To quote myself… it really put the hook in me. These days, Ralph’s aged, fragile, “high lonesome” vocals are nothing short of heartbreaking, while his catalog of compositions – both solo and with his late brother Carter – defines mountain music in all its virtue and glory. There’s certainly no shortage of great albums from Ralph or the legendary Stanley Brothers, but this companion set of 1992 releases – Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – is just plain essential. The concept should be obvious: a mix of hell-raising secular music side by side with the morning after, God-fearing spirituality found in all the best bluegrass & country music. Turns out, the divide isn’t so great, as elements of both worlds find their way into all the songs across both discs. But, that hardly matters, as both albums flow like a single, glorious masterwork. The marketing draw here is supposed to be the gathering of greats (Monroe, Jones, Skaggs, Krauss, Yoakam, Emmylou, Gill & others) – all disciples – performing alongside this Americana deity in the grand Stanley Brothers tradition. And, while the various ensemble performances are spectacular, it’s Stanley himself that anchors these LPs, with nuance so sincere, so steeped in tradition, that even country’s non believers will recognize its essence and substance. Those who know this era’s music via O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Stanley’s “Angel Band” is heard during the closing credits) will understand. This rip is from the two-fer reissue available at Amazon.

Saturday Night
Mountain Folks (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
Down Where The River Bends (Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam)
Old Man’s Tears (Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris & Judy Marshall)
All I Ever Loved Was You (Ralph Stanley & Ricky Skaggs)
Midnight Storm (Ralph Stanley & Vince Gill)
All The Good Times Are Past And Gone (Ralph Stanley & Jimmy Martin)
I Never Will Marry (Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris & Judy Marshall)
Banks Of The Ohio (Ralph Stanley & Charlie Waller)
I Love No One But You (Ralph Stanley & Charlie Sizemore)
Sea Of Regret (Ralph Stanley & Ricky Skaggs)
The Water Lily (Ralph Stanley, Tom T. Hall & Judy Marshall)
I’ll Never Grow Tired Of You (Ralph Stanley & Patty Loveless)
All The Love I Had Is Gone (Ralph Stanley & Larry Sparks)
Wonderful World Outside (Ralph Stanley & George Jones)
Letter From My Darling (Ralph Stanley & Bill Monroe)

Sunday Morning
I’ll Pass Over Thee (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
Rank Stranger (Ralph Stanley & Tom T. Hall)
Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side (Ralph Stanley & Vince Gill)
I’ll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning (Ralph Stanley & Bill Monroe)
Introduction To Miner’s Prayer (Ralph Stanley, Dwight Yoakam & Ray Cline)
Miner’s Prayer (Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam)
The Fields Have Turned Brown (Ralph Stanley & Charlie Waller)
Great High Mountain (Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris & Judy Marshall)
Heaven’s Bright Shore (Ralph Stanley, Judy Marshall & Alison Krauss)
Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures (Ralph Stanley)
The First Step To Heaven (Ralph Stanley & Ricky Skaggs)
Sailing Home (Ralph Stanley, Patty Loveless & Alison Krauss)
Angel Band (Ralph Stanley, George Jones & Vince Gill)
Vision Of Mother (Ralph Stanley, Judy Marshall & Alison Krauss)
The Old Cross Roads (Ralph Stanley & Jimmy Martin)
Little Bessie
(Ralph Stanley & Charlie Sizemore)


  • Casey
    December 14, 2007 - 04:01 | Permalink

    Your admiration and enthusiasm of Ralph Stanley…and the genre, in general…is obvious.

    It definitely has encouraged me to listen with new ears to this legend …Ralph Stanley.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Coffee Messiah
    December 14, 2007 - 13:33 | Permalink

    These are simply "beautiful!"

    Thanks & Cheers! CM

  • Capt. Willard
    December 14, 2007 - 15:44 | Permalink

    Hi Casey,
    Nice to hear from you. Reminded me to check out what The College Crowd was up to. I'll be back to read your interview with Zappa's one time harmonica player. I've got ALL of Frank's stuff and never knew about this guy. Nice work.

    Hi Coffee,
    It IS beautiful isn't it? The track you can stream, called "I Never Will Marry" featuring Emmylou, is just plain gorgeous. Thanks for commenting

  • uncle gil
    December 16, 2007 - 06:10 | Permalink

    You done a great job!

  • Capt. Willard
    December 16, 2007 - 08:17 | Permalink

    Hi Gil,
    Thanks for the comment. Fans of The Stanley Brothers should go to Uncle Gil's Rockin Archives (http://unclegil.blogspot.com/) for the duo's "Complete Columbia Collection" (along with some other cool stuff).

  • Anonymous
    February 1, 2008 - 14:03 | Permalink

    Thanks very much for these albums. Beautiful music.

  • bunnyboy
    August 24, 2009 - 20:29 | Permalink

    This two disc pleasure post has made me very very happy. I keep going on about it to my co-workers, who really couldn't care less. Thanks so much

  • casamaravilla
    November 27, 2010 - 22:26 | Permalink

    This is just a general comment on your blog. Found it today and have spent a good part of the afternoon going through and reading your comments and then your readers comments on those and all. The whole thing is an absolute delight. Thanks for taking the time.



  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 23:43 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 20:49 | Permalink

    Find them both HERE.

  • peerke
    November 28, 2010 - 07:29 | Permalink

    You never cease to amaze me with the beautiful music you post here. Thanks a lot.

  • chairboy
    November 29, 2010 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Great stuff. Thanks!

  • Colin H
    October 20, 2011 - 11:11 | Permalink

    “So, what have you been eating?”
    “Well, alot of power pop, a bunch of obscure 60’s psych, and some Be@tle boots”
    “Hmm,,, no wonder you’re stuffed up…” (searches his apothecary ahelves) … here, take a little of this Ralph Stanley, and a huge dose of the Louvin Bros, and follow it with a Fr!:pp enema if that gets you feeling too pious for a bit”
    “If you say so, Doc”

    Once again, thanks be to Willard’s holsitc blog for being the cure to too restricted of a diet from following too many other narrowly themed sites. Keep switching it up on us, nice to have someone change the channels when I can’t seem to find the remote…while always providing a healthy dose of my meat and potatoes as well

    Colin H, Cambridge, Canada

  • db
    May 17, 2012 - 12:40 | Permalink

    I enjoyed these a lot, he’s like a listen-able Roy Acuff

  • FlashG
    August 26, 2012 - 15:23 | Permalink

    The links are down. Tanx in advance

  • Willard
    August 26, 2012 - 15:54 | Permalink

    HA! I’m sort of working alphabetically and you’re staying just a step ahead of me. Check back later tonight.

  • FlashG
    August 26, 2012 - 17:38 | Permalink

    Sorry. I’m just going down the alphabet and will repeat the cycle once I reach the end. Combing through your posts and i don’t want to miss a trick. Take your time. Tanx again.

  • Willard
    August 26, 2012 - 17:47 | Permalink

    No prob… it’s just a little funny watching it from my end. I’m hoping to have everything together in the next 3 or 4 days… except for those that slipped past my so-called organization. You found two of them already that I THOUGHT I had covered but didn’t. So, there’s probably going to be more. Cheers.

  • Willard
    August 26, 2012 - 19:45 | Permalink

    New links up.

  • FlashG
    August 26, 2012 - 23:36 | Permalink

    Tanx. By the way, if you like good bluegrass and especially bluegrass gospel, check out Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver from western NC – they have some excellent a cappella gospel albums such as Heaven’s Joy Awaits (which I have on LP) – there are others – and great standard bluegrass releases. Also check out Rhonda Vincent (also billed as Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) from Missouri – she is SUPERB ( and she swears she has never drank a drop of alcohol in her life, while singing the excellent ‘Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin’, an alcoholic ditty if I ever heard one). Later

  • Willard
    August 26, 2012 - 23:57 | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip.

  • FlashG
    August 27, 2012 - 20:24 | Permalink

    Tanx – much appreciated.

  • May 14, 2013 - 02:33 | Permalink

    W., thanks for all the great work you do! But, this one is down! Help! I’m in the mood for some new “high, lonesome” music!

    • Willard
      May 14, 2013 - 03:48 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

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