• Dr. Ralph at The White House today

    Ralph Stanley will be awarded a National Medal of Arts today in a ceremony in The Oval Office of The White House in Washington, DC. As indicated on the official Medal Of Arts web site: The National Medal of Arts is the

  • Two new Pinecastle releases

    Pinecastle Records has two new CD releases that should be of interest to readers of Bluegrass Today. Jack Cooke has spent the past 37 years working as the bass player with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Before that, he

  • Alabama Gospel project due next week

    Country music superstars Alabama have a new CD set for release on October 24, their first in more than five years. It will be a Gospel project, entitled Songs Of Inspiration, and will contain both familiar Gospel favoriates like Old

  • Krauss, Stanley in Vanity Fair

    The November issue of Vanity Fair, which arrived in my mailbox a couple of days ago, features a photo spread of country music artists (it has George Clooney on the cover--yum!). Among those pictured are Alison Krauss and Ralph Stanley.

  • New Stanley CD in USA Today

    Today's edition of USA Today includes an article and interview with Ralph Stanley, primarily about his new CD, A Distant land To Roam: Songs of the Carter Family, recently released on DMZ/Columbia Records. The article is by Brian Mansfield and

  • New Rebel releases

    In addition to the Reno & Smily reunion CD from 1971 which we mentioned earlier, Rebel Records had two other releases out this week. Dave Evans' Pretty Green Hills is his first release in five years, featuring his band, traditionally known

  • Stanley festival covered on CMT.com

    CMT.com has a nice feature up this morning about the recently concluded Ralph Stanley Memorial Festival, the 36th annual running of the event, also known as the Hills Of Home Festival. The story largely covers the Clinch Mountain Boys reunion