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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 ( 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.

Library of Congress National Recording Registry Seeking Nominations

I Want You to VoteEach year since 2002 the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Registry. The breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation's audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations. Bluegrass music and related music (e.g., Charlie Poole) have a place in the registry. The Bluegrass music community is invited to contribute their suggestions for the National Recording Registry.

Hazzard Homecoming Promises To Be A Very Special Reunion

Dukes of HazzardWashington, VA -- If the ace mechanic who kept Hazzard County rolling is correct, a weekend in August in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is going to be a turbo-charged delight for the faithful fans of "The Dukes of Hazzard." Ben Jones, the former Congressman who played "Cooter" on the ever-popular family show is putting together another "Hazzard Homecoming" extravaganza on the weekend of August 11th and 12th in picturesque Rappahannock County, Virginia, and according to him, "Hazzard Nation is rising again!"

Ralph Stanley to Honor Doc Watson in Greensboro Concert

Dr. Ralph StanleyGreensboro, NC -- The Carolina Theatre announced Friday that it will remember Doc Watson in a concert next week. Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass legend, will perform June 8 with his group the Clinch Mountain Boys and will dedicate his performance to Watson, his longtime friend, stage partner and fellow bluegrass music legend.

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.

Bluegrass Rulz - Written by a DJ. Sung by a DJ. Meant to be Enjoyed by All

 CJ the DJMarty McKinney is a bluegrass music Disk Jockey (DJ) and has been playing bluegrass and country music on the radio for almost twenty years. Recently a good friend of his, Carl Jarrell Jr., better known as CJ the DJ, who has also worked in radio for about 25 years, teamed up with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and recorded one of McKinney's songs, titled "Bluegrass Rulz." The song pays special tribute to past, present and future generations of bluegrass music artists. In fact Tuesday, April 3rd, it was the most downloaded song on Airplay Direct.

James Alan Shelton Re-releasing Two Early Albums as One 26-Song CD

James Alan SheltonNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music artist James Alan Shelton, Ralph Stanley's lead guitarist for the past 18 years, has responded to fan requests by compiling two of his early and nearing out-of-print albums into a single CD of 26 songs. Titled James Alan Shelton: The Copper Creek Sessions, the package contains the complete original contents of Road To Coeburn (1997) and Guitar Tracks (1999), both of which debuted on the Copper Creek label.

43rd Annual Dove Awards Nominees Announced

43rd Annual Dove AwardsThe Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst . Nominees were announced by Grammy® nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan , known for his iconic hit "This is How We Do It," BET "Lift Every Voice" host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce , and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles. Bluegrass interest nominations below.


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