Ralph Stanley Honored with Museum
The life and career of bluegrass great Ralph Stanley is the centerpiece of a new museum opening tomorrow (10/16). The man himself will be on-hand as the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center is dedicated with a host of activities this weekend in Clintwood, VA. Stanley got his start touring with his brother Carter and The Clinch Mountain Boys. After Carter’s death in 1966, he continued on with his band, exploring the harder-edged traditional music of Appalachia. Producer T Bone Burnett gave Stanley’s career a boost by including Dr. Ralph on the outrageously popular soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Stanley’s standout rendition of the classic O Death earned him a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.