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Angel Band: A Gospel Song Sang by Many, Even Centuries Later

The Stanley Brothers - Angel Band

In 1958, the American Bluegrass duo The Stanley Brothers released their version of the classic gospel song “Angel Band” for the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Over the coming years, the song became a staple hymn in churches or any religious gatherings, so it was no surprise when big artists like Emmylou Harris, the Monkees, and the Stanley Brothers decided to release their versions of the hit gospel song

Angel Band is a song that originated from a Christian poem written by Jefferson Hascall, initially titled “My Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast.” The song simply reminds us that the hardships we experience are temporary since there will come a time when the angels in white will eventually bring us to our immortal home. 

The Stanley Brothers, consisting of brothers Carter Stanley and Ralph Stanley, received positive feedback from listeners after they released their version of the song. Their raspy and thick country voice enables them to give a powerful performance. 

Even after a century since their release, Christians all over the world still can’t get over how beautiful and magical they sang the song by heart. From the banjo to the lyrics and the old country singing style, there is no doubt The Stanley Brothers indeed captured listeners’ hearts through their music.  

Aside from that, since both members of the iconic group have passed away, with Ralph Stanley dying just in 2016, this song instantly became one of Stanley Brother’s memorable songs. It will always have a special place in the duo’s fans’ hearts, with the thought that their favorites are now in their immortal home for good. 

If you are having a bad day and you feel like you’re alone, listen to The Stanley Brothers’ version of the gospel song “Angel Band.” It will surely spark moments of sheer joy and delight that will help you through difficult times. 

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