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Bluegrass stalwart still pickin' strings (Updated December 26, 2012)
Ralph Stanley has been playing the banjo longer than most people reading this have been alive. The bluegrass stalwart, inspired by his Virginia mountain home, is famous for the clawhammer style of picking that he and his older brother Carter became known for. But it was Ralph who carried on in the wake of his brother's death and made a name for himself in the music industry.
Ralph got his first banjo when he was just a teenager, and together with Carter performed as The Stanley Brothers (with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys). They drew heavily on the musical traditions of their area, and with the support of the community became popular on several local radio stations and had a run on TV station WCYB as part of the show "Farm and Fun Time."
All told, Ralph and Carter blazed a trail through four major labels, including Columbia, Mercury, Starday and King. But when Carter died in a Virginia hospital after a steady decline in health, Ralph carried on with haunting melodies and vocals and became popular at bluegrass festivals around the country. He also served as an inspiration to many artists, including Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, the late Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs.
Ralph Stanley is credited on at least 11 albums, and his music has also been featured in films like 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and in the TV series "In the Heat of the Night." In 2012, he was featured on several tracks for the movie "Lawless."
Among his awards and honors, Stanley was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992 and 2000, and became the first person inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the third millennium. He still maintains an extensive touring schedule, including upcoming dates in 2013. One of those stops will include the 43rd Annual Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Hills of Home Park in Coeburn, Virginia on May 23-25.
Ralph Stanley Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family||2006|
|Ralph Stanley and Friends||2005|
|First Time Together||2004|
|The Very Best of Ralph Stanley||2002|
|I'll Answer the Call||2001|
|Ralph Stanley King Records (disc 3)||2000|
|Clinch Mountain Country||1998|
|Pray for the Boys||1990|
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Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/18/2015 Little Rock AR Juanita's 03/07/2015 Florence SC Florence Civic Center 02/28/2015 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 02/27/2015 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House
Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/22/2014 Germantown TN Germantown Performing Arts Center 11/15/2014 Hamden CT Unitarian Society of New Haven 11/01/2014 Shipshewana IN Blue Gate Theater 10/31/2014 Shipshewana IN Blue Gate Theater 10/19/2014 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 10/14/2014 Nashville TN City Winery Nashville 10/13/2014 Nashville TN City Winery - Nashville 10/05/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 10/03/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 09/28/2014 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 09/20/2014 Lenoir NC J.E. Broyhill Civic Center 09/09/2014 Bolivia NC Odell Williamson Auditorium 09/06/2014 Prestonsburg KY Mountain Arts Center 08/28/2014 New York NY City Winery 06/07/2014 Kent OH The Kent Stage 06/06/2014 Florence KY Turfway Park 05/17/2014 Nashville IN Explore Brown County 05/09/2014 Knoxville TN Bijou Theatre 04/26/2014 Wilkesboro NC Wilkes Community College 03/29/2014 Bethesda MD Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 03/01/2014 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 01/31/2014 Boulder CO Boulder Theater 01/30/2014 Santa Fe NM Lensic Performing Arts Center 01/29/2014 Tucson AZ Fox Tucson Theatre 01/11/2014 Chicago IL Old Town School of Folk Music 01/10/2014 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center
Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/06/2013 Virginia Beach VA The Jewish Mother 11/03/2013 Bristol TN Machiavelli's 11/02/2013 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theater 10/21/2013 Carrboro NC The ArtsCenter 10/20/2013 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 10/18/2013 Rocky Mount NC Dunn Center For The Performing Arts 10/04/2013 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 09/27/2013 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 09/21/2013 Morgantown IN Bill Monroe Music Park 08/17/2013 Florence KY Turfway Park 07/26/2013 Morgantown IN Bill Monroe Music Park 07/11/2013 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 05/11/2013 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 03/08/2013 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 01/23/2013 Vienna VA Wolf Trap
Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/11/2012 New York NY City Winery 11/10/2012 Phoenixville PA Colonial Theatre Phoenixville 11/03/2012 Mansfield OH Renaissance Theatre 10/27/2012 McMinnville TN Cumberland Caverns 10/26/2012 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 10/21/2012 Kent OH The Kent Stage 10/19/2012 West Lafayette IN Jester's 07/27/2012 Lyons CO Planet Bluegrass 07/26/2012 Saint Louis MO Old Rock House 06/20/2012 Austin TX Emo's East 06/02/2012 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 05/18/2012 Atlanta GA The Loft 04/27/2012 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 02/12/2012 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 01/06/2012 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/08/2011 Ponte Vedra Beach FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 05/09/2011 Suffolk VA Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 05/06/2011 Peekskill NY Paramount Hudson Valley 04/15/2011 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theater
Ralph Stanley Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 11/07/2010 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 11/06/2010 Lebanon NH Lebanon Opera House 10/20/2010 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/30/2010 Berkeley CA Freight & Salvage