Ricky Skaggs' Reaction To the Passing of Ralph Stanley

Left to Right: Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley
Ricky Skaggs, who was at one time, a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys bluegrass band, says Dr. Stanley was his hero!

Upon learning the news of the passing of the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs released the following statement:
"The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us 'God uses the simple things to confound the wise.'  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses." -Ricky Skaggs
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as Bluegrass, died Thursday following a battle with skin cancer.  He was 89.


Farewell Dr. Ralph

What a life! What a man! 

He defined the term "living legend".
Ralph Edmund Stanley (February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016)

Ralph Stanley, a 1st generation bluegrass pioneer has died at age 89 according to reports in the Tennessean newspaper.

Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, because of difficulties from skin cancer, publicist Kirt Webster said.


Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !

Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !
During this past weekend’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Spring Festival in Whitley City Ky, Open Rail was named the winner of the band contest. 

The Gallipolis Ohio band features members, Roger Harrison on guitar and vocals, John Cardwell on mandolin and vocals, Don Titus on Banjo, Shane Lail on guitar and vocals , and Brian Ison on Upright Bass and vocals. 


Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming Opens Friday in SW Virginia

Crooked Road’s 2nd Mountains of Music Homecoming opens Friday, June 10
20+ Crooked Road Concerts, 100+ Cultural Events, One Unforgettable Experience

Folks in fifty Southwest Virginia communities are tuning up for The Crooked Road’s 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming which opens with toe-tapping concerts on three stages in three different locations this Friday evening. 

Nathan Asks for Prayers for Dr. Ralph!

"I'm asking all of you prayer warriors to please keep my precious papaw/dad, Dr. Ralph Stanley, in your prayers.

He needs a healing touch from God right now, and I know he is more than able to do it.

I ask that you speak very positive about my papaw, because words are very powerful. That little guy (who is a Giant in my eyes) is my everything!

I thank you folks in advance. Nothing is impossible with God." ‪


-Nathan Stanley


John McEwen Salutes the Troops!

This is my tribute to our men and women of service,
 to our brothers and sisters who have made the
ultimate sacrifice.  May your bravery
never be forgotten.  - John McEwen
John McEuen (the Grammy-winning national recording artist and founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also known as the "String Wizard") visited Puerto Rico. 

While exploring the island of Vieques, he stepped into one of the old ordinance bunkers (in years past, the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing). 


BRANDED BLUEGRASS Joins Roster at Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions!

b86f07b5-78cc-459e-a522-8c77b1734b51Branded Bluegrass is a band from central Indiana with a catalog of music deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass and gospel, with a flair for some contemporary bluegrass, classic country and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll now and then.

The sophomore album from Branded Bluegrass, MOST WELCOME (produced by Grammy Award winner, Clay Hess), has just been released in May 2016.


Donna Ulisse to host Heartland TV's Bluegrass Ridge!

Donna Ulisse hosts four episodes of Bluegrass Ridge Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse was recently in the studio hosting four episodes of the popular Heartland TV bluegrass video music show, Bluegrass Ridge.

The show focuses on showing bluegrass videos but also includes artist interviews and some behind the scenes footage.