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Curley Ray Cline


Curly Ray Cline was one of the better fiddlers in bluegrass, gaining acclaim mainly because an associate of two famous bands, the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Hill Males. He also documented many instrumental albums offering his virtuoso fiddling and novelty vocals. Cline was created within an isolated community in southern Western Virginia. Like a youngsters, he was influenced by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith from your Grand Ole Opry. He started his professional profession at age group 15 when he and brother-in-law/cousin Ezra Cline founded the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 1938 and performed on the air in close by Bluefield. He and his talented sibling Charlie had been also using the Sunny Hill Boys. Sometimes, Cline did studio room work with such music artists as Jimmy Martin and Bobby Osborne, Rex and Eleanor Parker, and Hobo Jack port Atkins. In 1963, he still left the Fiddlers for the Stanley Brothers. Following loss of life of Carter Stanley, Cline became Ralph Stanley’s just fiddle participant and performed on every being successful Stanley record. On his single instrumental albums, Cline mixed his very own vocal sound files, including noises of barking hounds and braying mules, with traditional bluegrass tracks, finally performing in earnest from 1972. He penned a lot of his vocal amounts, humorous ditties concentrating on family or himself. He continuing to create and perform through the first ’80s until he retired in 1993.

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Full Name Curly Ray Cline
Died August 19, 1997, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States

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