Ralph Stanley to receive Governor’s Award

Ralph StanleyDr. Ralph Stanley has received quite a few awards during his distinguished career. Stanley has been awarded four Grammys. He was named the 2004 Virginian of the Year. He received a National Medal of Arts in 2006. In early 2008 he was cited by the Virginia General Assembly for lifetime achievements. This September 17th in Richmond, VA he will receive yet another honor.

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine recently announced 10 winners for the Governor’s Award for the Arts this year and Dr. Ralph was the only individual musician among them. The presentation ceremony will take place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Governor Kaine explains the purpose of the awards.

These awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in the arts. They call attention to the creative spirit that contributes to the quality of life throughout the Commonwealth.

Ralph Stanley has been performing since 1946 when he, and brother Carter, began touring as The Stanley Brothers.

Congratulations Dr. Ralph, for a well deserved honor!