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.