Welcome to the Web site for Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers -- the first full-length biography of one of the most respected brother duets in the history of country music. I am honored to be able to tell you that Lonesome Melodies is a nominee for a 2015 Library of Virginia Literary Award in nonfiction. It means a lot to me that the book has been nominated in Carter and Ralph's home state. Posted on Amazon by our friend Ricky Skaggs. I've been a fan of the Stanley Brothers since I heard them the first
time, probably around 1958, I was four years old. I got to do some with
shows them in the early 60's and went on to join Ralph's band in 1970.
In all the time traveling and talking about the old days of the Stanley
Brothers, I never knew the struggles and hardships the brothers had.
David Johnson has written the BEST history book of this incredibly
important band that I've ever read. Great stories, tearful truths, and
many laughs from my favorite mountain Country group. It's a must read
not only for Stanley Brothers fans, but also for the history of
Bluegrass music in its infancy!! Thank you, Ricky! Be sure and listen to Ricky and Sharon White's awesome CD Hearts Like Ours.
I would love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at folkguy at hotmail dot com. Or follow me on Twitter @DavidWJohnson7. I tweet occasional musings on music and life. Thank you for your interest and support. David J.