World of Bluegrass

September 20, 2013

'Man of Constant Sorrow' in 'Bluegrass for Beginners'

The great Ralph Stanley’s version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” is the 10th installment in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.

Long before the hit version sung by Alison Krauss sideman Dan Tyminski in 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” the century-old traditional song “Man of Constant Sorrow” was a standard in bluegrass circles. It’s the 10th entry in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” survey. Of the countless versions in circulation, let’s go with one by the great Ralph Stanley -- which ought to put the fear of God in anyone who hears it.

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