Nathan Stanley is the grandson of bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. At just 14 years old Nathan is already playing mandolin in his grandfather’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. The band includes three generations of the Stanley men as Nathan’s uncle Ralph Stanley II also plays with the group.
Nathan has just announced the release of his second solo CD, He Suffered For My Reward. As the title might imply, the CD focuses on the bluegrass gospel music so strong in the Stanley tradition.
Nathan and his grandfather jointly produced the CD which features performances by gospel vocalist Judy Marshall, along with Nathan’s fellow band members Jack Cooke (bass and vocals), James Alan Shelton (guitar), Steve Sparkman (banjo), and Dewey Brown (fiddle).
Many of the songs on the CD will be familiar to fans of the Stanley music. Cry From The Cross, Traveling The Highway Home, and Take Your Shoes Off, Moses were all made famous by the Stanley Brothers or Ralph himself. The album also features two songs in the a cappella style of Nathan’s grandfather Ralph.
When asked about the CD, Nathan responds
This album is real special. It’s the first one my grandfather and I made together‚Äîjust him and me.
Yeah, there is something special about that. Especially when your grandfather is Ralph Stanley!
We got the news about this CD, but we don’t have any info about a release date or audio samples.