Ralph Stanley announces his final tour

Ralph Stanley - photo © G. Milo FarineauRalph Stanley, perhaps the most enduring icon in traditional mountain music, has announced that he is embarking on his final act as a touring artist. Now 86 and in his 67th year as a professional musician , Stanley plans to work through December 2014.

This final run is billed as the Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell, and will include roughly 80 dates with his Clinch Mountain Boys starting in October 2013.

Upon hanging up his traveling shoes, it is expected that Ralph’s grandson Nathan Stanley will keep the band on the road. Stanley’s son, Ralph II, will also be performing his own version of traditional bluegrass with his own band.

It’s hard to even comprehend a festival season without the mournful sound of Ralph Stanley’s music in the air. Don’t miss your last chance before the opportunity passes.

Details about the Man Of Constant Sorrow tour can be found on Ralph’s web site.

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  • grasser

    To me, the Stanley Brothers and then Ralph WAS and IS the heart and soul of the bluegrass sound. Bill Monroe was the Father and Earl Scruggs was the King but it was hard to beat the true life sound of the Stanley Brothers, especially in my part of the country. Our band is honored to be a part of the good Dr.’s farewell tour on December 7th at Hurley High School, Hurley Virginia.

  • Betty

    Memphis was proud and pleased to host Ralph and Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at their recent performance at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center on the campus of St. Mary’s Episcopal School. They rocked the house!

    I recently caught the Bluegrass Album Band in their farewell tour, and it was a slice of divine! While there are already substitutions, the performers are not substitutes by any means. Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson, Ricky Wasson, Todd Phillips, J.D. Crowe, and Phil Leadbetter put on one fine show for the folks in Sevierville, TN, at Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass!

    I have acquired two fine new albums from current chart-toppers: The Claire Lynch Band’s “Dear Sister” is good beyond belief! Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Love Has Come For You” is an amazing collection from this pair of artists. Different? Ah, you bet! Who would have matched up this 21st Century version of ‘Steve and Edie’? I hope you caught them recently on Letterman’s show as they performed “When You Get to Asheville” along with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Great stuff!

    Pick away!

  • Ivor Trueman

    So once he’s retired, will the good Dr finally be standing for president? 🙂