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Bluegrass Pioneer Melvin Goins Dies at age 83

Melvin GoinsBluegrass music lost another of the founders and pioneers of the music. Melvin Goins, 83, has passed on. Melvin played bluegrass and mountain string music for more six decades. The music he performed became known as bluegrass thanks to Bill Monroe at about the time Melvin and his brother, Ray, started playing professionally. The Goins Brothers performed together until Ray retired from touring in 1994. Melvin continued performing and was on the road when he died.

Bluegrass Music Patriarch Ralph Stanley Dies At 89

Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89.

58 Grammy Nominations Announced

58th Grammy Bluegrass Album NomineesThe Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMYAwards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year's nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy's membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Band of Ruhks to Release Debut Self-Titled Album This March

Band of RuhksNashville, TN -- 101 Ranch Records has announced the signing of Band of Ruhks, a group including Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band. Originating from a successful Lonesome River Band reunion in 2010, the band’s self-titled, self-produced debut album is scheduled for release on March 17 through 101 Ranch Records. The album’s lead single, “Coal Minin’ Man,” features bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley.

Dr. Ralph Stanley - New Cracker Barrel Album Due January 19

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and three-time GRAMMY Award winner and International Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at www.CrackerBarrel.com.

Cracker Barrel Announces Exclusive Ralph Stanley CD

 Man of Constant SorrowLebanon, TN -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and three-time Grammy®Award winner and International Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015, exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com.

The Music of the Stanley Brothers Book due Next Month

The Music of the Stanley BrothersThe premier guide to the lives and work of bluegrass icons Ralph and Carter Stanley will be released this January by the University of Illinois Press as part of their Music in American Life series. The 312 page book will by Gary Reid will include a foreward by Neil v. Rosenbert. Included will be a full discography and 51 black & white photographs.

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.)

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