I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your review of the Ralph Stanley boxed-set CD recording that is now available (“Appalachian Death Trip,” 12/8). You definitely have a keen insight into bluegrass music and write about it in a thoroughly entertaining and knowledgeable way, avoiding all the clichés often associated with musical reviews.
I happen to have the album The Village Churchyard in my own vinyl collection. I first heard the song at the Library of Congress and was blown away by the a cappella harmonies and eeriness of the song. It literally gave me chills. It has been almost 20 years since I have heard anyone talk (or write) about the song.