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Ralph Stanley II

Imagine having to live up to a father's legacy that includes 55 years spent at the top of a very public profession, plus more than 100 recordings. Those are some huge shoes to fill when the father is Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass giant who simply shines on the banjo. His son, Ralph Stanley II, aka "Two," no doubt suffered from a fair share of apprehension when he decided to become a musician, too. As he began his own solo career, however, his recordings made his journey seem almost effortless. Critics and lovers of bluegrass responded immediately and favorably to his first release from Rebel Records, Listen to My Hammer Ring. When the younger Stanley followed up with Pretty Girls, City Lights, the release received an equally enthusiastic welcome.