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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Farewell Tour Announced - but NO Retirement In Sight for Dr. Stanley!

DR. RALPH STANLEY 2013Now 86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16, 2013. 

Originally the press release said the tour will run through December 2014 but Prescription Bluegrass has since learned that the actual End Date has been removed.

From Tom T. and Dixie Hall we received the following:

The best news in any language is doing away with the end date of the Man of Constant Sorrow Tour.”

"THE LORD WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION WHEN I'M DONE."            ~ Dr. Ralph Stanley

The Halls also asked the question regarding the Stanley Brothers’ CMA status, saying; “The music of Dr. Ralph and Carter is immortal and no one will ever be able to fill their shoes.  And why are the Stanley Brothers not in the Country Music Hall of Fame???”

The farewell tour event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell

(The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)

Accompanying the multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star will be his band, the fabled Clinch Mountain Boys.  Various country and bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts.  The start of the tour coincides with Dr. Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer.  He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers.  Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist.

“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” says Josh Trivett, Stanley’s co-manager.  “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of time.”

Over his historic career, Dr. Stanley has won virtually every honor America has to bestow on its master musicians.  He has three Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett.  His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album. He was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century.  Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

As a bandleader, Dr. Stanley mentored the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore, among others.

The following dates for the opening weekend of the Man of Constant SorrowTour: The Dr.’s Farewell are:

Oct. 18  The Dunn Center – Rocky Mount, NC

Oct. 19  Morehead Center – Morehead, NC

Oct. 20  The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA

Oct. 21  The Arts Center – Carrborro, NC

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