Ralph Stanley - The 2014 Tour
The doctor is in, bringing the biggest collection of old time hits and bluegrass
good times straight from the bottom his heart and into a venue near you. Don't miss Dr. Ralph Stanley as he blows the roof
off of two exclusive roofed locations, rustling musical feathers through the old country as he demonstrates what true blue
grass is really about. From Alexandria, Virginia to Germantown, Tennessee, Ralph Stanley will be showing the young guns what
a music performance is supposed to be. With over 65 years of show playing experience, the doctor is showing no sign of slowing
down as his shows continue get better and better year after year.
First, Ralph Stanley will be returning once again
to beautiful Virginia, playing in Alexandria's Birchmere Music Hall in what is sure to be a standing room only sold out performance.
Once he's done rocking Alexandria, Ralph will be heading away from the Potomac and down into country and old time music mecca
Tennessee, where he'll be singing all of his best at the heart of Germantown, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Whether
Ralph is playing a back patio special appearance or to wall to wall crowds at the biggest amphitheatres, the doctor never
fails to bring his high spirits and extensive stage presence that come together to deliver a life changing musical performance.
About Ralph Stanley
A product of the great state of Virginia, Ralph would not find his passion for music until
he was almost a man grown. His first forays into music came when his family raised enough money to get him a banjo, which
would instantly captivate him and define both his life and his musical style for decades to come. A member of the greatest
generation, Ralph dutifully performed military service before eventually returning back home and pondering what his next big
move would be. With too many options to choose from, Ralph decided to take an old country gamble on his banjo, grabbed his
musician brother and tried to make it big playing music all across Virginia.
Living off of local performances and primarily
performing covers, the brothers began writing their own material and were eventually scouted by music label giant Columbia
Records. They would make measured success and carve themselves out a position as professional musicians, eventually switching
to King Records and taking their music in their own unique direction. With a few additions, Ralph and his brother eventually
went by the moniker the Clinch Mountain Boys, a name that would stick for several decades.
1966 would be a life defining
year for Ralph as he lost his brother to a fatal disease and had to make tough choices about the future of his music career.
Ralph had spent his entire musical career alongside his brother, but with the encouragement of his record label and widespread
support from his fans, Ralph decided to honor his brothers memory and continue to put out down home country music that would
be enjoyed the world over.
After receiving an honorary Doctorate of Music in the mid 70s, Ralph picked up the moniker
of Dr. Ralph Stanley, and had become a bluegrass phenomenon the world over. WIth multiple recognitions and accolades from
some of the biggest institutions in music, including induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. With
life experience predating World War II and a career in music spanning over five decades, Dr. Ralph Stanley recently put out
his personal autobiography, chronicling his life experiences from his early days as a local Virginian performer to his exploits
today as one of the most integral performers in the bluegrass genre. With constant performances still going strong today,
the story of Dr. Ralph Stanley is definitely not over yet.
With decades of moving music
on the record, it's hard to pinpoint just one album or release that captures the quintessential Ralph Stanley. His self titled
2002 release, Ralph Stanley, is his most critically successful in recent years, garnering a four star rating from The Guardian
and popping up all over the Billboard charts - including #3 on the Bluegrass charts and #5 on the Heat. The album would be
carried by some of his most pivotal works yet, including "Lift Him Up, That's All", "Look on and Cry", and "Calling You".
Three years later would see Shine On drop, a product of Ralph and Rebel Records. Shine On would feature Ralph Stanley II as
a producer, and be a huge success for the Stanley family with the hits "This Little Light of Mine" and "Palms of Victory",
which would culminate in a Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
Stanley has his
own specific style of Banjo performance, dubbed Stanley style within the music community.
Stanley has dubbed this last
tour his farewell tour, with his final performance expected to be at the end of 2014.
The Ralph Stanley Concert
Get ready for six decades of bluegrass perfection and down home country style to be distilled into one epic
night of good times, higher spirits and even higher volume. Bluegrass sensation Ralph Stanley is a testament to the longevity
of the genre and the importance musical brilliance in a performer. Whether he's playing his oldest hits penned in the 1940s
or showing his penchant for adaptation with singles from his most recent 2014 release, Ralph Stanley is legend and rockstar
incarnate. Don't miss your opportunity to see him live and in the flesh - get your tickets today!