Ralph Stanley sounds cuter than a speckled pup under a red wagon. Just listen.
How important is that in this region? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually agree with something Mudcat Saunders said. (Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while…just ignore the hanging dead animals on his walls. Please.)
The Democrats don’t come here [to rural America] and campaign, because they don’t think they can win here. The Republicans don’t come here and campaign because they take the votes for granted on cultural issues. What happens is there’s no debate over rural America, and who gets hurt? Rural America….
What most folks around here want to know is two things: (1) Are you one of us? and (2) Are our issues and concerns important to you? We run on retail politics, and that means shaking hands and looking folks in the eye so they can take your measure. But a good surrogate can work wonders, and that Ralph Stanley ad is brilliant.
(YouTube — Ralph Stanley picking The Clinch Mountain Backstep.)