Ralph Stanley is recovering in the hospital after cracking his pelvis in a fall last week. Minor surgery was required when he was first admitted September 26, but his family reports that he is doing well.
It is expected that he will be released from the hospital later this week, but it is uncertain whether Stanley will be able to travel extensively following this injury. Pelvic fractures can be quite serious for elderly people, and Stanley is now 88 years of age.
Grandson Nathan Stanley tells us that Ralph is resting comfortably and improving quickly.
“He is doing very well, doctors expect a full recovery. He will be released from hospital Thursday or Friday of this week. We appreciate all the prayers. The Good Lord has his hands upon my Papaw.”
I’m sure the entire bluegrass community joins us in wishing a speedy recovery and future good health to Ralph Stanley, a true pioneer in mountain music, and perhaps the greatest remaining jewell in the bluegrass firmament.