Ralph Stanley down with pneumonia

The venerable Dr. Ralph Stanley has been in the hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA since earlier this week, suffering from pneumonia. We asked Lee Olsen, who handles Ralph’s dates with Keith Case & Associates, and he suggested that Dr. Ralph was doing fine.

“Ralph has a relatively mild case – the doctors are saying he’ll be released in a few days and we expect that he will be playing his dates on the following weekend. The date this weekend are being played by his son, Ralph II.”

James Allen Shelton, who plays guitar with The Clinch Mountain Boys, and also serves as their road manager, shared a message widely by email on Friday (1/5) saying that Ralph was feeling fine, but that the doctors found some fluid still in his lungs, and expected to release him this weekend, or Monday.

We all hope to see him on his feet, and on stage with the band, as soon as possible.

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