When you’re the head buckaroo, you get to pull your own fingers.
(submitted by Ari)
In no way is this awkward. This is a portrait of a music Legend and his band. Anybody who is anybody in Bluegrass has played with Dr. Stanley at some point, and he’s really the last original Bluegrass Boy we have around, he’s a national treasure.
Shame on you, AFP, and there’s no way the person who submitted this is the person who took the photo. For all intents and purposes, this is a celebrity photo shoot. I’m all for snarking out 98% of the photos I see here, but the subjects in this one deserves respect.
Implying that other, “normal” people don’t deserve respect, or not as much as this guy cuz he plays music….give me a break.
I can smell the cologne through my computer…
I don’t care how you slice it, the short-sleeve dress shirt/tie combo is awkward to the point of bordering on just plain wrong.
Here’s another with Ralph and the Boys looking like undertakers.
Now that’s an awkward photo!
The 2nd guy in that link appears to be levitating, seriously 🙂
Hahahahaha! He so does!
“Bluegrass flight to Opry, in V formation and ready to begin attack run, over.”
“Rajah, Bluegrass, you are cleared to target. Opry out!”
whats with three of the guys (including Dr. Stanley) all holding their hands in the same way? is that some sort of secret sign? masonic, maybe? or is that a standard way photographers ask their clients to hold their hands?
The guy on the far right appears to be a photo crasher.
The guy on the bottom left looks a bit like Tom DeLay. Awkward.
And not one of them is wearing a bolo tie. You can’t wear your Sunday clothes with a cowboy hat and no bolo tie. It’s a fashion faux pas as they say in Austin.
One of these things is not like the others………
Looks like a man and his sons, or sons and grandsons. Great picture – I love it! They look like a great group of guys. Go, boys, go!
Ralph Stanley is one of my favorite banjo players, and his band is a treat to watch. But I gotta give props to the guy in the back. He plays the fiddle and his impersonations during “Orange Blossom Special” are amazing!
Now about the photo: it is awkward. There is just something about it that says: hey look at me I’m awkward!
so there ya go
If this is a bluegrass band, it’s odd that they would choose to wear ties and oxford button-down shirts for a photo shoot. They don’t care for the corn-pone, hoe-down cliches, I’m guessing.
I just noticed that the guy in glasses has a pen in his shirt pocket, so he’s set to sign autographs!
The DR. is most certainly in.
HELLO! This is Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Band!! They are the most famous bluegrass band in the world, and have won so many grammys and other awards for their amazing, authentic bluegrass music. I do for sure have a sense of humor, but this picture does not belong here.
That is Dr Ralph and he’s from southwest Virginia (hence, the Clinch Mountain Boys) and yes he seriously is a legend and he ‘s seriously “still got it”. I believe Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs were Clinch Mountain Boys when they were just starting out.
Um, the guy in the middle is the legendary bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley. He just had his biography published a month or two ago. If you saw the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou”, then you’ve heard Ralph sing. He sings “O Death” for the movie, for which he won a Grammy. I don’t recognize the rest of the people, but they very well could be part of his band… or not.
There is always one person who doesn’t get the dress code quite right…White hats they said! white!!
I think they’re from Royal Bank in Philadelphia. This may have been used on a billboard
That’s Dr. Ralph Stanley, bluegrass legend, and his band.
This picture is of bluegrass/country music legend Ralph Stanley and his band. A bit awkward, maybe, but I saw them perform at a bluegrass festival last summer and, seriously, the old guy’s still got it.
This is a portrait of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, true bluegrass legends. I have seen lots of portraits in which the subjects have had positions similar to Ralph’s. It is really awkard looking and I don’t understand why photographers think it aids in the pose.
OMG Connie, you hit the nail right on the head with this one!
That’s literally what I was thinking lol…
Hilarious photo and hilarious caption! This made my day and it’s not even 8:00 a.m. yet.
That is Ralph Stanley – a blue grass legend.
It’s Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys! C’mon now, they’re an awesome bluegrass group.
Publicity photo of The good Ole Boys Reunion Tour, 2005
Isn’t that bluegrass ledgend Ralph Stanley in the middle?
That may be the funniest caption ever on this site.
agreed. the caption makes it. or is there someone they’re all sitting on?
Is that a ten gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the awkwardness?
This looks like Ralph Stanley. How did this pic get on here? Surely this is not a ‘family photo’, it looks like a band photo. If it’s a band photo it probably doesn’t belong on this site. I enjoy all the postings on this site, they’re always funny and lighthearted. But if this is a picture of Ralph Stanley it truly does not belong here and has been taken out of context. Mr. Stanley is one of the grandfathers of Bluegrass music and is much revered and respected. Please consider removing this photo. Thank you.
Ever heard of a band being like a family? It’s pretty common since they spend ALOT of time together. This is not degrading, so you can just calm your little horses down
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There’s at least one grandson of his in this photo. Definitely family.
That’s bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and he has a National Medal of Arts.
You do know that this is a bluegrass band, right? In fact, a very well-known one.
Someone didn’t get the memo about wearing a WHITE hat. I agree that they all look like car salesman ……
Those are mostly pearl gray Stetsons – the only TRUE dress cowboy hat!
I guess you don’t know who Ralph Stanley is….
Hey – That’s Dr. Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys! They’re a pretty famous blue grass band. Funny caption, though….
Ralph Stanley. I met him once. He and his band stayed at the hotel where I was a night clerk in college. Nice guy.
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boyz? If so, I think you cut them some slack for the awkward garb…
The guy in the middle looks like Dr. Ralph Stanley!
Is that the old guy from Poltergeist II?
is that the bluegrass superstar Ralph Stanley? This is probably a photo of him and his band.
Not awkward….the best part was the caption!!
The guy in the middle is a famous bluegrass artist who’s name I can’t remember at this time. lol
Ralph Stanley, thats it!
Ah, Ralph Stanley & his band. A better banjo player you’ll never find. He’s so authentic, he was at the show where they coined the phrase “bluegrass”.
Love Ralph Stanley!! I think he is adorable!! awkward? probably. 🙂
He’s just tucking his hand pistol into it’s holster! (he’ll subsequently pull it out and point it at the pretty photographer)
Is that Bill Monroe? The Father of Blue Grass?? Looks like him!
The guy on the right got stuck with the cowboy hat made out of a folded newspaper.
Isn’t that Ralph Stanley? If it ain’t, it’s a near dead ringer. Man’s a living legend.
He can pull whatever he wants to pull.
Absolutely that’s Ralph, and absolutely he can pull anything he likes!
Pretty close to what I was thinking…”Bluegrass!” popped into my brain immediately.
Exactly what I thought! I’ve seen him perform a few times and even met him once. That’s got to be him.
Wow, These guys look like they work for a car dealership. The big boss wears a hat so we all gotta wear a hat. lol Obviously the guy on the far right just started the day before the picture was taken because his face sure says this wasn’t in the job description.
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Yes, I’m thinking a car dealership in the Texas area…
I was thinking the same thing. They look like car salesmen. At the Good ole Boy dealership.
OMG – Car dealership that was my exact thought too!!
And that at least one of their names is Earl (if, besides the hat, that too isn’t a requirement of the job)
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