Bluegrass Bus Museum


You are here

Ralph Stanley II Concert at Carter Fold May 12th

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Ralph Stanly IIHiltons, VA -- Being the son of a living legend isn't easy. Despite the opportunities and public attention, there's tremendous pressure to fill your father's shoes. Your success or your failure in doing so is a matter of public record. Most artists get the opportunity to grow in relative anonymity. Ralph II didn't have that luxury. When your father is Ralph Stanley, your course is pretty much mapped out at birth. Saturday, May 12th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

As one might expect for the son of a world-renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or Two as he's called by his friends and family), had his first lesson from his Dad - learning a simple finger roll. It turned out, however, that he would not be following in his father's footsteps when it came to his choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the guitar. From the time he spotted one under his sister's bed, he wanted to play it. He began playing at five, and he's been playing ever since.

Despite his interest and the fact that he travelled with the Clinch Mountain Boys, he didn't develop an ambition to play professionally until he saw a video of Keith Whitley during his tenure as lead singer for his father's band. Ralph II was 12 years old. After seeing Whitley, he was hooked and spent hours in the basement honing his skills and weathering the comparisons to his late Uncle Carter. His persistence paid off, and he took the stage as lead singer with the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.

Ralph II just signed with Stanley Generation Records - a new Nashville record label owned by his nephew and country artist Nathan Stanley. Ralph II has had two Grammy nominations. He's proven to be an accomplished song writer and has five solo albums to his credit.

This will mark Ralph II's third performance at the Fold with his band. The Stanley and Carter families have been pivotal in preserving the region's rich musical tradition and carrying the music of the mountains throughout the world. Come see this legendary performer in one of the egion's most historical venues - the Carter Fold! For more information, go to or

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday's concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer