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

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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.

Ralph Stanley really needs no introduction. He was born in Dickenson County, Virginia, where he still resides when he’s not on the road. After nearly 60 years in the music business, he’s still the best banjo picker and tenor singer in bluegrass today. As a recording artist, he’s performed on more than 170 albums, tapes, and CDs. He’s written many songs himself and with his brother, the late Carter Stanley. Ralph has played throughout the United States and in many foreign countries – traveling numerous times to Japan. He has received numerous honors as a bluegrass musician, including membership in the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, he’s a Shriner, a member of the Primitive Baptist Universalist Church, and former member of the Dickenson County School Board. Active in his local community, he’s married to Jimmi Stanley. They have two daughters, Lisa and Tonya; and one son, Ralph II.

Backing up Nathan and Ralph Stanley will be the Clinch Mountain Boys – Dewey Brown, Jimmy Cameron, James Shelton, and Mitchell Van Dyke. Former Clinch Mountain Boy Junior Blankenship will be joining them at the Fold playing guitar.

Clinch Mountain Boy Dewey Brown is the most recent addition to the group, joining the band in 2005. From Graham, North Carolina, Dewey is an accomplished fiddler who began his career with the band Blue Ridge while still in high school. He’s performed with Honi Denton, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen, and IIIrd Time Out. Dewey started playing fiddle at age nine, and he placed first in the Galax Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention at age 17. He sings harmony with the group.

Jimmy Cameron from Sanford, North Carolina, is no stranger to the bluegrass music scene and brings many years of experience to the job of bass player for the Stanley band. He has played mandolin with the Bluegrass Reunion and bass for Continental Divide. An accomplished driver, he gets the band to their shows safely and on time.

James Shelton joined the Clinch Mountain Boys in March, 1994, as a lead guitarist. From Scott County, James has served as the group’s road manager and booking agent. He has recorded several solo projects and is responsible for several publications and instructional videos on guitar. An avid collector, James owns several vintage guitars.

Banjo stylist Mitchell Van Dyke joined the Clinch Mountain Boys in 2011. Mitchell was born in Grundy, Virginia - where he still resides. He grew up listening to the sound of bluegrass music. His father and his grandmother played the claw hammer style banjo. At age six Mitchell began to show interest in bluegrass and playing the banjo. Mitchell's dad loved the Stanley Brothers music and he began taking him to festivals and area events. In 1980 Mitchell met Ralph Stanley for the first time. After listening to him play, Ralph said, “All he needs is a little time and practice. He's doing fine”. Mitchell's father gave him his first Stanleytone banjo when he was twelve years old. Never having any formal music lessons, he is self-taught and plays only by ear. Mitchell has performed with several groups and musicians including Raymond Fairchild and James King. On two separate occasions, Mitchell filled in for Ralph when he was unable to play due to medical reasons. Mitchell's dream became a reality when he was contacted to play on a tribute album to Ralph and was then invited to join Dr. Ralph Stanley's band, the Clinch Mountain Boys as their new banjo player.
The Stanley and Carter families have defined the music of our region for over three generations. Dr. Stanley and John Carter Cash have collaborated on several recording projects, and he has issued a Carter Family tribute CD. The Fold is honored and humbled to present this special concert. You won’t want to miss it! For further information go the the following web sites or

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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