Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mtn Boys
October 09 8:00 pm
We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $34.50.
This one is a no-brainer. It’s kind of like having Lourdes come to you – the source of the healing waters, welling up right here at the Freight – Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys on our stage! Get your tickets early – this is Dr. Ralph’s farewell tour.
Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Virginia, Ralph and his older brother Carter were ground-breaking musical pioneers who helped reshape the Anglo-Celtic ballads and fiddle tunes of southeast Appalachia into a bold new string band music that became known as bluegrass. Following Carter's death in 1966, Ralph shifted the band's emphasis to an older, sparer mountain style, placing his own stamp on the music with his great banjo playing and haunting voice. His music is a uniquely American form, sometimes rough-hewn, sometimes satin-smooth, always filled with deep emotion that seems to have poured straight out of the rocks and runs of his native Virginia mountains.
In six decades of performing, Ralph has set a standard for accomplishment and integrity unequaled in any category of music. He has toured the world, recorded more than 200 albums, and earned dozens of honors, including Grammy awards, the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress.
Ralph's band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, features his grandson Nathan Stanley on mandolin and his son Ralph Stanley II on rhythm guitar, along with lead guitarist James Shelton, Mitchell Van Dyke on banjo, Dewey Brown on fiddle, and Jimmy Cameron on string bass.
If you saw Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, you’ll remember Ralph’s bone-chilling a capella rendition of “Oh, Death.” His voice seems to take in the world’s sorrows and deliver the feeling straight to your soul. This man is bluegrass. Catch him if you can.
The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, voice, stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and founder of the International Body Music Festival. He brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion with bells, box, body, and toys.
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