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The first weekend in October in San Francisco can never come soon enough. The weather’s usually perfect, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass settles into Golden Gate Park. I take off work, always putting out of town on my calendar, and let everyone know to expect nothing of me. Nothing but sitting in the park and hearing everything I can. It’s a true blessing and likely my favorite weekend of the year.

Below is a recording I made of Dr. Ralph Stanley solo. 86 years old, born 1927 in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia. He’s been singing and picking bluegrass for 6 decades.

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