The Garden & Gun has an excellent and lengthy article on Ralph Stanley by Dean King in the February/March 2013 edition. Garden & Gun is a national award-winning magazine that covers the Southern lifestyle including the arts/culture, food/drink, sporting life, travel and adventure and style/design. We cover bluegrass musicians on a regular basis and this is one of those articles and well worth reading.
The article is a historical look at Ralph and Carter Stanley, their history and how their home in Appalachia contributed to their sound, the music and how they passed that heritage along. Ralph Stanley: Long Road to the Mountaintop takes you back to the early beginnings of the two brothers and provides a new look at the history of the Stanley Brothers.
The article focuses on the current day including Nathan's role in keeping the Stanley tradition alive. The author reflects back on the earlier years as he describes the present and everything revolves around the music. Of course, in bluegrass circles, there is the influence of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the Stanley's music.
The article wraps up with a highly selective discography on the Stanley Brothers with brief descriptions about the music on the albums covered. Garden & Gun also has a similar article titled Remembering Doc Watson by Timothy seth Avett that appeared in their August/September 2012 edition.