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I suppose that today, Brexit is the biggest news, but for me, what hit me most was the sad news that bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has passed away.

He was one of my big heroes in bluegrass music, I've always loved his songs and tunes and how he kept the tradition. He had a FANTASTIC voice and his duets with various musicians were all brilliant, especially that with Patty Loveless, their voices fit so incredibly perfect together.

When I search for good gospel songs I always browse through the Stanley brothers archive. He was known as a bluegrass banjo player but he was also brilliant at clawhammer banjo, which is my preferred banjo style. His recording of "Little birdie" comes to mind. Everything makes up for the fact that there's usually never any mandolin player in his bands.. :) Rest in peace, dr Ralph Stanley, your music truly lives on.