Happy Trails

November 13th, 2009

Happy Trails - Family Portrait

When you’re the head buckaroo, you get to pull your own fingers.

(submitted by Ari)

131 Responses to “Happy Trails”

  1. Billy says:

    What I love about this picture and what is awkward to me is the “obvious” son-in-law/brother-in-law to the right who can barely get in the picture. You can tell he wasn’t too comfortable being in there.

  2. Crystal says:

    My ex used to have huge tattoo of Ralph, taken from this exact pic, on his bicep…Now that’s awkward!

  3. chris says:

    Ralph Stanley is one of the masters of bluegrass music ….this is still a pretty funny picture though. loving the one guy with short sleeves and a different colored hat!

    • Laurie says:

      I love Ralph Stanley. he still sounds wonderful after all these years. I love Man of constant sorrow & his cd with Jim Lauderdale is great, too. Of course, Dr. Ralph is great on any CD, with anyone.

  4. netkook says:

    We’ll ALL stand on our heads to make you a deal!

  5. kathleen says:

    Suddenly I have the theme music to “Dallas” in my head. I don’t know why.

  6. Marjie says:

    That’s about 7 gallons.

  7. Bella says:

    Where is J.R. Ewing?

  8. Jason says:

    Looks like a group of car salesmen from Texas. The Ralph Stanley Chevrolet sales team.

  9. Tom. says:

    Dude Ralph Stanley is a BAM*. Nothing ackward at all about this picture. I sing his Roadside Tavern song almost every weekend at the bars.

  10. jill says:

    ralph stanley is baller no matter what he wears. and anyone who is in a picture with him could be completely naked and still look cool. just being that close to ralph stanley must make some of his complete awesomeness rub off on you.

    • I am DJ...hear me! says:

      Wow. I….ummm….really? Complete awesomeness? Baller? I…..I have nothing else to say.

  11. charlene says:

    Happy trails lead to happy places! πŸ™‚

  12. Kelly says:

    Ralph is my cousin, so I was a bit shocked to see this pic on a website such as this.
    I hope people click on the comment section to at least understand what this pic is about.
    This man is a legend.

  13. billbo says:

    Obviously, as others have pointed out, an album cover. Is it awkward – perhaps a little, as all of these staged shots of awkward musicians are. However, they are not a family. Now, if you had a picture of RS at his house, with his family, and it was awkward – then fair game. This, however, doesn’t seem like it belongs here.

  14. Caleb says:

    I love Ralph Stanley, but you can’t say that this isn’t an awkward photo. Ralph doing the weird hands thing and the guy on the right doing the cheerleader lean-in? Not to mention left side strange hand on the hip guy. I’m going to go listen to a Ralph Record now and remember that good musicians need to hire good photographers.

  15. Melanie says:

    I am a HUGE Ralph Stanley fan, but I do wonder…why do bluegrass bands feel the need to wear cowboy hats? They’re not cowboys, nor do they play cowboy music. I find it odd. And YES, it is an awkward picture. I actually think it’s cool that he’s on here!

  16. Teresa says:

    Who knew there were so many rabid bluegrass fans?

  17. Mel says:

    you all are missing the joke in this picture….check out the guy on the right who has a differnet color hat. He has this awkward lean sort of like he snuck into the picture to deliver a message…. “Um, Mr Stanley phone call on line 1”. Look closer at some of these pictures…it is truely awkward with mr grey hat leaning into the shot. πŸ˜‰

  18. Kevin says:

    One of these things is not like the others,
    One of these things just doesn’t belong,
    Can you tell which thing is not like the others
    By the time I finish my song?

    Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
    Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
    If you guessed this one is not like the others,
    Then you’re absolutely…right!

  19. Erin says:

    Yeah seriously. No one can hate on Ralph Stanley. He is THE MAN.

  20. Ceece says:

    as soon as I saw this picture I was so irked that Dr. Ralph Stanley got put up here! Agreed, this one needs to come down!

  21. JBH says:

    First, it’s not a family. It’s a bluegrass band (a LEGENDARY bluegrass band). Second, it’s not awkward. It’s pretty much required that old school bluegrass bands wear cowboy hats, white shirts, and ties. Third, Dr. Ralph Stanley for President!!

  22. Bleah! says:

    Looks like a bunch of used car salesmen.

  23. Tim says:

    OMG…that IS Ralph Stanley!

    OK< all sarcastic statements stop HERE – that man is an ICON!

  24. partofaplan says:

    I knew it was Ralph Stanley! For those of you who don’t know who he is, pick up the “O Brother Where Art Thou” Soundtrack. He sings the “O Death” sequence and wrote (i think) the “Angel Band” song at the end. It’s cool his photo is on here. If People of Walmart has Ric Flair and Michael Cera, this site can have Ralph Stanley.

  25. Mcat says:

    Come on, its funny. Quit being a bunch of pansies and get a sense of humor. If you don’t like the site, go somewhere else! “Focus on the Family” always has some pretty neat posts.

  26. Aeon says:

    Hey guys, this is off topic, but does anyone know where I can find a picture of Ralph Stanley? Sorry to interrupt.

  27. Walter says:

    Y’all are missing it. The awkward part is everyone in white hats except for the guy on the right. He must be a fill in and not a regular member of the band. Or he forgot to look at the “what clothes to wear tonight” list.

  28. Ali A says:

    What the HELL? I had no idea who this man was until this post. I read about him and he seems like a nice guy. But, just because he’s a musician, and thus not a ~regular person, doesn’t mean his pose isn’t awkward… or funny. People need to calm down.

  29. El Kev says:

    You know, I can’t place it, but I believe I’ve heard somewhere that this is a photo of Ralph Stanley……………..

  30. RedSoxFan says:

    Not sure if anybody has noticed this yet, but I think that just might be Ralph Stanley…stop me if you heard that already!

  31. Carolyn Robinson says:

    I can not believe that this picture is on this website! This is probably a pic for of the many cd’s, ect…that has been published. Dr. Ralph Stanly has won Emmys for songs and has appeared all around this earth to perform and share his traditional music….and besides one of the members of the band is my first cousin, who happens to also be a gifted player. It is fun to look at different pic’s of people-but not to make fun, this website is for “awkward family photos.” And this goes for other pic’s too that people are making fun of.

  32. Karen says:

    I wanna party with these guys! πŸ™‚

  33. Katie Beth says:

    hey man! not cool! the good Dr. isn’t awkward.

  34. bonnie says:

    Does anybody know the meaning of that occult Masonic hand gesture he’s making?

  35. Erica says:

    Hey … not sure if anyone mentioned that this is Ralph Stanley. Sheesh.

  36. Bill says:

    Okay, as many have already said, that is Ralph Stanley. Why would that photo even be on this site?

  37. Libby says:

    Looks like Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Best God Damn Bluegrass band there is.

    • I am DJ...hear me! says:

      Wow…you said “best” and “bluegrass” in the same sentence. That…is a miracle in and of itself. i don’t think my fingers ccould ever type that. Congrats to you!

  38. Poodle says:

    Buckaroo…..omg that is epic.

  39. outerspacecomics says:

    That looks an awful lot like Ralph Stanley…

  40. J.P. says:

    HEY! Don’t make fun of the Dr. πŸ˜‰

  41. Jeremy says:

    Thats Dr. Ralph Stanley! He can wear whatever he damn well pleases!

  42. KaHarta says:

    Ralph Stanley is a Bluegrass god! Seriously, there’s nothing awkward about this photo. The person who submitted this obviously doesn’t know who Ralph Stanley is. I don’t think this photo belongs on this site, just my opinion…..

    • greg says:

      Agreed. Ralph Stanley is the bomb and this isn’t awkward. Except that it is awkward for this site because it was such a poor choice to post. AFP, you belong on Lamebook tonight.

    • Michelle says:

      WT*? This photo should be taken down! It’s freakin’ Ralph Stanley! He is very awesome. Opposite of awkward.

      • Tony says:

        Correct! This is the bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and his band the Clinch Mtn. Boys. Albeit a somewhat awkward photo, at 85 yrs. old and still playing over 200 tour dates a year…Ralph can grab is fingers or whatever he wants.
        Long live Ralph and Bluegrass music.

    • Minnie says:

      You people need to calm down about this guy! Big deal he’s some legend, that means people can’t poke fun at him? That’s so ridiculous, grow a sense of humor people…

      • Crystal says:

        Let it be known that his son Ralph the 2nd (on left with crossed arms) is the most awkward person ever! The night I met him he fell over a firewood pile while trying to sauvly introduce himself.

  43. David says:

    I agree, Patricia…this isn’t just a bunch of guys sitting around in cowboy hats for the hell of it. Give ’em a break AFP…

    • Mel says:

      I think the awkardness is the guy on the far right with the off-color hat looks like he’s interrupting the photo shoot to deliver a message. (Check his awkward lean and hand reaching to tap his shoulder…”Um excuse me Mr. Stanley”)

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