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Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys Release Single

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain BoysCoeburn, VA -- Stanley Family Records is proud to announce a landmark new single, “Goin’ Round This World” by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The song appears on the band’s self-titled album releasing this summer. This is the first recording released since Ralph II honored his late father’s wishes by taking over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name last year after his passing. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on the guitar.

Stringbean Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary This Weekend

Porter Wagoner at the dedication of the Stringbean statue at the inaugural Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival in 1996.  Grandpa Jones and his wife Ramona are seen looking on from the side.Gray Hawk, KY -- The 20th Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival will be held this Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, at Stringbean Memorial Park in Gray Hawk, KY. Celebrating its 20th year, the festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon. His unique stage attire, traditional claw hammer banjo style, and entertaining stage banter endeared him to fans around the world. ’The Kentucky Wonder’ was best known for his musical comedic performances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in the 1940’s and on the television series “Hee Haw” until his tragic death in 1973.

Larry Cordle, Ralph Stanley II Lend a Hand on ‘Heart of Appalachia’

Heart of AppalachiWise County, VA -- A new song about Southwest Virginia, by emerging singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Baker, has been tapped as the official theme song for tourism in the region. Baker, who is from Wise County, Virginia, wrote “Heart of Appalachia” with longtime collaborator Scott Arnold.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold Saturday May 7th

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- Saturday, May 7th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Carter Family friend Ronnie Williams will also be on hand to do some Carter Family tunes.

Carter Family Fold Hosts Ralph Stanley II Saturday, May 9

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- If you were to gather together an average cross-section of people and ask them if they thought it would be an advantage for a performer to be the child of a living legend, most would probably conclude that it would have to be a definite plus. After all, the doors of opportunity would be quicker to open, and the spotlight of public attention that so many artists spend years trying to cultivate would be yours because – well – just because. Famous by default, so to speak, and doubtless those are very real and tangible advantages. But then there’s the downside – pressure. The learning curve, the whole growth process with all its potential missteps and pitfalls, is a public document. Most artists get to take those perilous first steps of their careers in relative anonymity, a nameless face in the crowd. Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 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.

Carter Family Fold Presents Ralph Stanley II May 10

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- If you were to gather together an average cross-section of people and ask them if they thought it would be an advantage for a performer to be the child of a living legend, most would probably conclude that it would have to be a definite plus. After all, the doors of opportunity would be quicker to open, and the spotlight of public attention that so many artists spend years trying to cultivate would be yours because – well – just because. Famous by default, so to speak, and doubtless those are very real and tangible advantages. But then there’s the downside – pressure. The learning curve, the whole growth process with all its potential missteps and pitfalls, is a public document. Most artists get to take those perilous first steps of their careers in relative anonymity, a nameless face in the crowd. Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 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.

Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II Release Side By Side Feb 18

Side by SideNashville, TN -- The ancient and the modern converge to create the timeless in Side By Side, the new Rebel Records album from vocal titan Ralph Stanley and his gifted son and musical heir apparent, Ralph Stanley II. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs. It will be released Feb. 18. Among the highlights are classics from the pens of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals—as well as samples of Stanley’s a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys on the album—fiddler and mandolinist John Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman—are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II Release "Side By Side" Feb 18

Side by SideNashville, TN -- The ancient and the modern converge to create the timeless in Side By Side, the new Rebel Records album from vocal titan Ralph Stanley and his gifted son and musical heir apparent, Ralph Stanley II. Co-produced by the younger Stanley and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley’s fabled Clinch Mountain Boys band, Side By Side is a compelling collection of 14 new and traditional songs.

Line-Up for 15th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Gospel Jubliee Announced

Larry SparksIndianapolis, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground located in beautiful Brown County, Indiana is proud to announce the 15th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Gospel Jubilee. The event will take place July 25-27 and includes a stellar line-up of performers including: Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Paul Williams and The Victory Trio, Ralph Stanley II, Nathan Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Churchmen, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and more.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold July 6, 2013

Ralph Stanley 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, July 6th, 2013, 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.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is Special for Joe Mullins

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersThe Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is just around the corner and is expected to be one of the biggest and best events of the season! This year's fall festival will take on a special meaning for Joe Mullins. Janet Davis Acoustic Music and the Radio Ramblers will be working together at the festival to benefit breast cancer support. Joe's Mom, Prudence Mullins, passed away just over a week ago after battling breast cancer and Janet Davis Acoustic Music has donated a Martin guitar to be given away in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research in her memory. Proceeds will benefit the Ohio area Breast Cancer fund. "I am certainly grateful for all the prayers and support from the Bluegrass community, and the help from our supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music will have lasting benefits", stated Joe.

Friends of Mark Newton Benefit A Success

Friends of Mark Newton BenefitNashville, TN -- The Friends of Mark Newton Golf Outing and Music Event held on August 24th in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Newton’s childhood home, to assist the Newton Family with medical expenses following Mark’s hospitalization this Summer was a huge success. Mark Newton was hospitalized unexpectedly earlier this year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while preparing for the 20th Anniversary Graves Mountain Festival of Music, an event that Newton helped create with the Graves Family, in Syria, Virginia. The August 24th fundraiser had over 34 golf team participants and culminated with a special concert reunion of the Virginia Squires (Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor, and Mark Newton) and special guests that included Grammy Award winning artist Carl Jackson, Dudley Connell of the Seldom Scene, and Ralph Stanley II among many others.

Ralph Stanley II Concert at Carter Fold May 12th

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.

Ralph Stanley II Hears a Train on New Single

I Think I Hear a TrainFollowing in the tracks of Two's previous number one hit, "Train Songs," this new release is also from the pens of Ms. Dixie and Tom T. Hall. Both of the Halls are dedicated Stanley enthusiasts and according to Ms. Dixie have a question they ask themselves if they're ever stuck for words. Simply ... WWCS (What Would Carter Say?) "I Think I Hear A Train" is the latest single by Ralph Stanley II. As Tom T & Dixie Hall say, "Moving fast and needs reporting!" We're on it!

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