Dr. Ralph’s last hurrah?

Ralph Stanley - photo by Glen RoseRalph Stanley has been in the studio this month, working on a new album for Rebel Records, one which he has intimated may be his last. This will be an all-Gospel project, produced by his son Ralph Stanley II.

Ralph is recording with The Clinch Mountain Boys, and a few special guest performances are expected to be included, along with II singing lead on a couple of tracks. They have new songs from Ronnie Bowman and Jim Lauderdale, and Ralph is also planning to include a song from the days of The Stanley Brothers and at least one a capella number.

No word yet on a release date.

With Dr. Ralph having “said his piece” in his excellent autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, perhaps he is ready to make a final musical statement at age 82 before heading into a much-deserved retirement.

If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, you could do much worse than this Stanley book, co-written with Eddie Dean. It is available in hardcover and as a ebook online.

Ralph will be appearing on tonight’s (12/18) edition of The Grand Ole Opry, and on Saturday’s as well. You can tune in and listen live online at wsmonline.com.

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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.