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Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville -- Trailblazing musician Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

Banjo Legend Ralph Stanley Receives Second Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- On Monday, May 19, Yale University awarded bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley the Doctor of Music degree at ceremonies in New Haven, Connecticut that also saw honorary degrees going to World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, poet Rita Dove and actor Anna Deavere Smith, among others. Stanley’s award was presented by Yale president Peter Salovey, a bluegrass enthusiast himself who plays bass in a band called Professors of Bluegrass.

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.

Good Home Grown Music Extending Stanley Brothers Commemoration

The Stanley BrothersDixie Hall of Good Home Grown Music writes, "Successful Stanley Brothers commemoration response has encouraged us to extend our reminiscences of everything Stanley beyond the anniversary of Carter's passing, December 1, 1966. View Jack Cooke performance here, our beloved "Cookie", who also passed on December 1, 2009."

December 1st is a Day to Salute The Stanley Brothers

The Stanley BrothersDecember 1st being the anniversary of the loss of Carter Stanley we're asking Stanley fans around the world to put their hands together and join spirits commemorating two gentlemen who personify the foundation of traditional mountain music.

Ralph Stanley Farewell Tour 80+ Date Event Begins Oct. 16

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Now 86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16, 2013. It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. (The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)

Fold Hosts Nathan Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys with Ralph Stanley

Nathan and Ralph StanleyHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 7th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Special guest will be Dr. Ralph Stanley. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, age 11 and under $5, and under 6 free. A large tour group from Ireland will be attending the show. They try to make an annual visit to the U.S., and they always visit the Fold when they do. Nathan Stanley is the oldest grandson of Ralph Stanley. He picked up the spoons at six years old, playing on stage with the Clinch Mountain Boys, and became a crowd favorite. He has spent several years playing mandolin for the group. More recently, Nathan has begun to sing lead and play rhythm guitar. He has released four CDs, two of which are gospel.

Super Hot Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off in One Week

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2012Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre. Every Thursday night at 7:30 pm from June 20 through July 25, the best of bluegrass music hits the stage where it all began.

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

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.

Del McCoury, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Lead FreshGrass

Del McCoury BandNorth Adams, MA -- Securing its place at the forefront of the bluegrass and roots music scene, the first wave of acts announced for MASS MoCA's (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) expanding FreshGrass festival (www.freshgrass.com) includes legendary bluegrass pioneers, genre-bending bands, and groundbreaking contemporary traditionalists. A new main stage, located on MASS MoCA's expansive and grassy "Joe's Field", has been added to this year's festival. A full slate of afternoon and evening performances-as well as late-night, hoedown-style barn dances-is scheduled for the weekend of September 20-22, 2013.

Ralph Stanley: Long Road to the Mountaintop Article

Ralph StanleyThe Garden & Gun has an excellent and lengthy article on Ralph Stanley by Dean King in the February/March 2013 edition. Garden & Gun is a national award-winning magazine that covers the Southern lifestyle including the arts/culture, food/drink, sporting life, travel and adventure and style/design. We cover bluegrass musicians on a regular basis and this is one of those articles and well worth reading.

Musick's Mountain Theater Hosts Bluegrass-Country Artist Nathan Stanley

Ralph and Nathan StanleyHeadlining the first ever of its kind, and dedicated to traditional Bluegrass, Gospel and Ole time Mountain Music of the beautiful smokey mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Musick's Mountain Theatre will host it's grand opening show November 30,2012. The American Icon Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys will bring this theatre to life on this unforgettable evening.

Wayne Powell to Barnstorm 7th District With Dr. Ralph Stanley

Ralph StanleyThe Wayne Powell for Congress campaign today announced a two-day barnstorm of the 7th District for October 23-24 with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. The tour will focus on economic issues and make stops in Gordonsville, Ashland, Culpeper, Mineral, Goochland, and Glen Allen.

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