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Stars Come Out to Celebrate Dr. Ralph Stanley's 88th Birthday

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Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center will be hosting their annual fundraiser on February 21st to celebrate trailblazing legend Dr. Ralph Stanley's 88th birthday. The star-studded event will feature performances from Country mainstay Lee Ann Womack, Bluegrass prodigy Nathan Stanley, rising stars Virginia Whirlwind and more. The annual event will take place at The Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. You can learn more about the event and the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center HERE.

"I'm looking forward to my 88th birthday celebration this year. I really appreciate the Ralph Stanley Museum for honoring me this way."
  - Dr. Ralph Stanley

So far, 2015 has been a roaring success for the Bluegrass superstar. His latest album Man of Constant Sorrow was released exclusively through Cracker Barrel in January. Rolling Stone calls the album "a dazzling mixture of fiddle-happy toe-tappers and mournful mountain ballads." Man of Constant Sorrow features collaborations with Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and more. You can purchase a copy at your nearest Cracker Barrel, or online HERE.

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946, along with his older brother Carter Stanley, they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. The Stanley Brothers traveled together for 20 years, recording some of the most mournful mountain songs to date.

In 2000, Ralph was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 2002, Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" of the haunting rendition of "Oh Death" that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou." In 2006, he received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National medal of arts given by President George W. Bush. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure, but an international Icon.

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