Song of the Day: "Rabbit in a Log," the Stanley Brothers

Quintessential American music.

By Salon Staff

Published July 4, 2007 7:01AM (EDT)

In honor of July 4, some quintessentially American music from Dickenson County, Va.'s Stanley Brothers. "Rabbit in a Log" comes from a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation, "Virginia Roots," and features breakneck banjo, fiddle and mandolin playing that would put many a heavy-metal shredder to shame. But as much as I enjoy the virtuoso bluegrass musicianship, my favorite thing about the song is Ralph and Carter Stanley's close, clear harmony singing.

-- David Marchese

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