Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem from Nathan Stanley

Nathan Stanley has rushed a single out from his current recording sessions, just in time for Christmas. It’s his version of one of his grandfather Ralph’s signature songs, Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem, performed in what could only be called the Stanley Style.

And when we say rushed, we aren’t kidding. Tracking for this new project started last week, and here we are with a single, available for radio programmers at Airplay Direct.

Oddly enough, Nathan’s voice more resembles that of his great uncle, Carter Stanley, with a smoothness and plaintive quality that suits this song perfectly. He is assisted on the chorus by Junior Blankenship on baritone vocal and Randall Hibbitts on tenor. Nathan tells us that Randall is the newest member of the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Tony Dingus is on resonator guitar, Mitchell VanDyke on banjo, Blankenship on lead guitar, and Hibbitts on bass.

Stanley is continuing to record this month, while also headlining with his Pap’s band at Musik’s Mountain Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN throughout December.

Look for the new Nathan Stanley album in January.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.