Ralph Stanley’s behind-the-scenes autobiography, Man Of Constant Sorrow: My Life & Times, made its debut in US bookstores yesterday.
It is was highlighted by stories in the New York Times, USA Today as well as by the 82-year-old mountain singer’s recent appearance at Carnegie Hall.
The book was co-written with music journalist Eddie Dean, the book chronicles in Stanley’s own distinctive voice his rise from poverty and a broken home in rural Virginia to his musical pairing with his older brother, Carter, and the creation of the trailblazing Stanley Brothers sound to his career culmination as a multiple Grammy winner, member of the Grand Ole Opry and recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
Stanley’s plainspoken narrative is told in a rural diction as though he were sitting in the front seat of an old Ford headed down the mountain for his next show. His story is a comprehensive and endearing cornucopia of authentic mountain music, place, family, friends, rivals, faith, love, life, death and the road – Publishers Weekly.