Dr. Stanley Earns nomination in the Best Bluegrass Album category, along with former Rebel artist The Steep Canyon Rangers

Image634583478185530000Rebel recording artist Dr. Ralph Stanley has received a Grammy® nomination in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category for his recent gospel release A Mother’s Prayer, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced last night.  The nomination is Stanley’s fourth.

“This album is me—it’s what I’m all about,” says the 84-year-old cultural icon. “I’m honored that the Grammy® voters recognized my work. Of the hundreds of albums I’ve recorded, I count this as one of the best.”
A Mother’s Prayer was coordinated by Rebel Records’ Mark Freeman and produced by Ralph Stanley II (a Grammy® winner himself).  The project was already spotlighted earlier this year when the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded music scholar Colin Escott the Best Liner Notes prize for his work on the album.

Stanley has had an association with Rebel Records for over 40 years, and A Mother’s Prayer is his 33rd recording on the label.  The project features a mix of classic and traditional gospel songs alongside some newer material, including the title track which was written by Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and noted bluegrass musician and songwriter Ronnie Bowman.

Former Rebel recording artist The Steep Canyon Rangers received a nod leading up to this year’s awards as well.  Their collaboration with Steve Martin, Rare Bird Alert, was also nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.  The Rangers, IBMA’s Emerging Artist of The Year in 2006, recorded four albums for Rebel.

Grammy® winners will be announced during a CBS-TV special on February 12.

A Mother's Prayer (Rebel 1840) is distributed by Entertainment One (eOne) Distribution.

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