Man of Constant Sorrow for Obama

Probably not uplifting bumper sticker material, but nifty nonetheless. Just heard this from an old friend who has The BluegrassRave Backroom in his sig file these days: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is stumping for Obama in the hills of southwest Virginia.

Brought to a wide audience when George Clooney wailed his Man of Constant Sorrow in the Coen Brothers’ Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Stanley has been a staple in Bluegrass music for more than 60 years. [Here’s Stanley singing his dirge O Death in one of the film’s most memorable scenes.]

“I think I know a little something about the families around here,” he begins, “and after the last eight years I know we all need a change.” He later calls Obama a “good man” and “a true friend of the people who live right here in southwest Virginia”.

Listen to the ad, a fabulous slice of Americana and an eloquent sign of the times, here.

Wanna know more? Definitely watch Stanley modestly introduce himself here. Stanley also has a museum in Clintwood, Virginia. Here is his fan club site, with a picture of Stanley with George and Laura Bush after receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2006, the highest honor for artistic excellence in the U.S.

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