Song:The Window Up Above
Album:Clinch Mountain Country
Ralph Stanley is a banjo pioneer best known for his recordings with his brother Carter Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. After Carter died in 1966, Ralph Stanley simply continued just as he always had. This 1998 2CD set Clinch Mountain Country is all duets including Stanley's only recording with country music legend George Jones. The Window Up Above is a song that goes back to Jones' early days as a country music star. It was released in 1960 soon after Jones' breakthrough hit White Lighning. The Window Up Above reached #2 on the Country Singles chart. Mickey Gilley's 1975 cover of The Window Up Above topped the country charts. In 1998, Stanley's label Rebel Records decided to produce an entire album of duets. Among the special guests were Hal Ketchum, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Claire Lynch, Bob Dylan, Marty Stuart, Joe Diffie, David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Rhonda Vincent, Diamond Rio, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Anderson, Alison Krauss, Junior Brown, Connie Smith, Tim O'Brien, Porter Wagoner, Vern Gosdin, Jim Lauderdale, The Whites, BR5-49 and Kathy Mattea. The duet with Jones is agruably the biggest coup as they had never worked together before. Ralph Stanley fans should check it out. Stanley's latest CD Man Of Constant Sorrow was released last month on Cracker Barrel. Stanley did a farewell tour last year. But he changed his mind and he will not retire. You can expect to see him at bluegrass festivals this summer. Here's a video of The Window Up Above by Ralph Stanley & Friends featuring George Jones.