Ralph Stanley Tones Down Criticisms in Autobiography

Bluegrass music pioneer Ralph Stanley has removed his criticisms of Tim McGraw that appeared in the review copies of his upcoming autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow: The Life and Times of a Music Legend. In copies of the book sent to critics in early July, Stanley criticized McGraw for his song selections and for perceived slights of Stanley at the 2002 Grammys. Earlier this week, CMT.com received confirmation from Gotham Books, publisher of Stanley’s autobiography, that the comments about McGraw remained in the author’s final edits of the book. A story about Stanley’s comments ran Wednesday (July 29) on CMT.com. The following day, a Gotham Books spokesperson reported that Stanley’s references to McGraw had been deleted from the 26th chapter of the book.