Ralph Stanley: His 10 Greatest Performances

From his signature "O Death" to a surprise Velvet Underground cover

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"White Light, White Heat"

As odd as it sounds to think about Ralph Stanley singing a Velvet Underground song, this recording — from the violent 2012 moonshiner film Lawless — suggests Dr. Ralph and Lou Reed could have gotten along just fine. With only an acoustic guitar backing him, a weathered but unbroken Stanley puts his own spin on Reed's poetry, by turns whimsical, proud and defiant like the family of hillbillies from the film.

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