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Don Rigsby Rolls Out Ralph Stanley Tribute: Doctor’s Orders

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Don Rigsby with Dr. Ralph StanleyDon Rigsby’s Rebel Records album Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute To Ralph Stanley makes its eagerly awaited debut in stores and online today, Tuesday, May 21. “Rigsby has really outdone himself with this reverent yet fun collection,” enthuses bluegrass critic Chuck Dauphin. “Each cut on the disc is nothing short of a delight.” The album features guest artists Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sarks and others. In addition to organizing the album, Rigsby also produced it.

A rabid fan of Stanley since he was six years old, Rigsby has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed singers in bluegrass. Affirming that Rigsby has a “world-class” voice, reviewer Jon Weisberger adds, “The album touches on well-worn [Stanley] favorites and obscurities with consistent quality and heartfelt devotion.” Stanley has been referred to as Dr. Ralph Stanley since receiving his honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University in 1976.

Rigsby has twice been nominated for Grammy awards and is a two-time winner of the Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year award from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA).

Except for the “keystone” tune, “Mountain Doctor,” which Rigsby co-wrote with Larry Cordle (of “Murder On Music Row” fame), the other 13 songs on Doctor’s Orders were recorded by Stanley at various stages of his 67-year (and counting) career. Stanley guest stars on the album, along with such past and present members of his Clinch Mountain Boys band as Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, Charlie Sizemore, Steve Sparkman and James Alan Shelton.

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