Thursday, 27 June 2013

It's official: Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour

Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour
Tour Will Begin October 16, 2013
Nashville, TN (June 26, 2013) 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, to include 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 of “Doctor” comes from the fact that Mr. Stanley was awarded an 'Honorary Doctorate in Music' in 1976 from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.)

Along with Ralph's band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, various country and bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts throughout the Farewell Tour. The start of this tour coincides with Ralph Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer. He began his career in 1946 with older brother Carter, touring and recording as The Stanley Brothers. Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist. [See information about The Stanley Brothers' new biography at this recent EBB post: Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of The Stanley Brothers]

Banjo workshop:
1980 Berkshire Mountains Bg Festival in Ancramdale, New York
Dr. Stanley has started the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks, Charlie Sizemore, and many others. His voice was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In his historic career, Ralph Stanley has won virtually every honor America has to offer its artists. Ralph has won three Grammy awards, received the prestigious 'National Medal of the Arts', was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century, and he and Carter are members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

 Although Mr. Stanley has proudly served the mountain music community longer than any of his pioneering friends, he has had to turn down offers for one last visit to Europe. Primarily due to his age and back problems. Visit Ralph's website for Farewell Tour updates: Of course, we all wish Ralph Stanley the best of years in his future.