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Ralph & Nathan Stanley to Appear on Song of the Mountains

Nathan and Ralph StanleyMarion, VA -- The legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and his grandson Nathan Stanley will appear on Song of the Mountains on Saturday, April 5th in Marion, VA at the historic Lincoln Theatre. This concert will be taped for broadcast across America on public television. Also on the show will be fan favorites the Jeff Little Trio, Michael and Jennifer McLain and the Banjocats and the Marshall Brothers and Highroad.

Dr. Ralph Stanley is an icon in the bluegrass world getting his start in the 1940s with his late brother Carter Stanley. He has traveled the world over taking the music from the Southern Appalachians to millions of people over the past seven decades. His music was featured in the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and in recent years Stanley has become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. His grandson, Nathan Stanly travels and performs with “papaw” and will join Dr. Ralph on stage April 5th in Marion, VA.

The Jeff Little Trio will make their second appearance on Song of the Mountains. Jeff calls himself the “Appalachian Piano Player”. Jeff grew up in the Boone, NC area hanging out at his father’s music store and playing piano with such greats as Doc Watson, Wayne Henderson and others. Little has appeared on Song of the Mountains in years past with Wayne Henderson and Doc Watson and is always a favorite to music fans.

Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats perform bluegrass music with a blend of inspired instrumentals and Jennifer’s exquisite voice. Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. They are joined by the solid fiddling of Dan Kelly who performed for years with Roy Acuff and has toured with countless country artists. On upright bass, is Kaylee Jasperson, a Colorado native who is studying bass at Belmont University in Nashville. Michael and Jennifer have performed together in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on The Nashville Network, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, and the Grand Ole Opry.

The Marshall Brother and Highroad will bring their hard driving traditional bluegrass to the Lincoln Theatre. Starting in 1997, with one song at a church revival, Steve and Eric Marshall began a journey to play bluegrass and gospel music. This many years later the result is The Marshall Brothers and Highroad. Over the years they’ve played everything from chicken stews to bluegrass festivals, recorded 6 band CD’s and won individual and band awards. The MBHR have played all over northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia and countless live radio performances. With a sound rooted in strong vocal arrangements and traditional picking, The Marshall Brothers and Highroad’s repertoire spans from spirituals to originals, first generation bluegrass to 80’s country songs, and acappella to instrumentals. Giving each song, each performance the MBHR sound, the journey continues with Steve Marshall on Mandolin, Eric Marshall on Banjo, Patrick Lindsey on Guitar and Ben Marshall on bass!

The Song of the Mountains concert and taping on April 5th will begin at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. Tickets are $ 25 reserved seating. The concert series is underwritten by the Town of Marion, VA, the Ellis Family Foundation including the General Francis Marion Hotel, Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, Emory and Henry College and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio. Song of the Mountain/Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.p

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