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Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley performing with The Clinch Mountain Boys at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 17, 2007
Background information
Birth name Ralph Stanley
Born February 25, 1927 (1927-02-25) (age 81)
Origin Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, USA
Genre(s) Bluegrass|old time music|old timey music|Old Time
Occupation(s) Bluegrass Musician
Instrument(s) Banjo
Bluegrass|
Years active 1946Present
Associated acts The Stanley Brothers
Members
International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor
Grand Ole Opry
Notable instrument(s)
Banjo
Claw-Hammer

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Stanley was born in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, near McClure, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA. Dickenson County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Dickenson County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized...


The son of Lucy and Lee Stanley, Ralph Edmond Stanley grew up in rural southwestern Virginia. He learned to play the banjo, claw-hammer style, from his mother. It was her inspiration, coupled with Stanley's natural ability, which led Ralph and his older guitar-playing brother, Carter, to form the their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, in 1946. Drawing heavily on the musical traditions of the area - the holiness singing of the Primitive Baptist Church and the sweet down-home family harmonies of the Carter Family - the Stanleys began honing their own special style of music by singing at local events in the early 1940s. Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are settled places outside towns and cities. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments. ... Steel handle claw hammer Fiberglass handle claw hammer A claw hammer is a tool primarily used for pounding nails into, or extracating nails from, some other object. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Carter Stanley (left) performing with his brother Ralph. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Primitive Baptists are a group of Baptists that have an historical connection to the missionary / anti-missionary controversy that divided Baptists of America in the early part of the 19th century. ... Maybelle, A.P. and Sara The Carter Family was a country music group that performed and recorded between 1927 and 1943. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ...


Ralph and Carter performed as The Stanley Brothers with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1946 to 1966. After Carter died in 1966, Ralph Stanley continued to perform, eventually reviving the Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry Sparks, Roy Lee Centers, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, and Charlie Sizemore were among those with whom he played in the revived band. Stanley has maintained an extensive touring schedule, with dates scheduled through 2007. Known in the world of bluegrass music by the popular title, "Dr. Ralph Stanley" (after being awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1976), Stanley was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992 and in 2000, and became the first person to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the third millennium. Carter Stanley (left) performing with his brother Ralph. ... Carter and Ralph Stanley The Stanley Brothers (Carter Stanley, 1925-1966, and Ralph Stanley, born 1927) - American bluegrass musicians. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Larry Sparks (born 1947) is a Bluegrass musician and guitarist. ... Ricky Skaggs, April 1988 Ricky Skaggs1st off Skaggs was known to hate everyone he met. ... Jackie Keith Whitley (b. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is an extra-ordinary academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... Lincoln Memorial University is a private, fully-accredited four-year co-educational liberal arts college located in Harrogate, Tennessee. ... Harrogate is a city located in Claiborne County, Tennessee. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Induction to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor is managed by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the Hall itself is maintained at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


In 2006 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Stanley's work was also featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in which he sings the Appalachian dirge "O Death". With that song, Stanley won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He's featured in the Josh Turner hit song "Me and God," released in 2006. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Medal of Arts is an award and title bestowed on selected honorees by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... For the film soundtrack, see O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack). ... The 44th Grammy Awards were held on February 27, 2002. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1965. ... Josh Otis Turner (born November 20, 1977 in Hannah, South Carolina) is an American country music singer. ...


Ralph created a unique style of banjo playing, sometimes called "Stanley Style". It evolved from Scruggs style, which is a three finger technique. "Stanley style" is distinguished by incredibly fast "forward rolls," led by the index finger, sometimes in the higher registers utilizing a capo. For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments. ... Scruggs style is a fingerpicking method of playing the banjo, typically using picks on the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand, with the ring and little fingers braced solidly on the head of the instrument. ... For other uses, see Capo (disambiguation). ...


On November 10, 2007, Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys performed at a rally for presidential candidate John Edwards in Des Moines, Iowa, just prior to the Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. Between renditions of "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "Orange Blossom Special," Stanley told the crowd that he had cast his first vote for Harry S. Truman in 1948 and would cast his next for John Edwards in 2008. is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the American attorney and politician. ... “Des Moines” redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Jefferson-Jackson Day is the most common name given to the annual fundraising celebration held by local chapters of the Democratic Party in the United States. ... Man of Constant Sorrow is a traditional American folk song written originally by Dick Burnett, a blind fiddler from Kentucky. ... For other persons named Harry Truman, see Harry Truman (disambiguation). ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

Carter and Ralph Stanley The Stanley Brothers (Carter Stanley, 1925-1966, and Ralph Stanley, born 1927) - American bluegrass musicians. ...

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Ralph Stanley (1826 words)
Ralph Stanley (born February 25, 1927) is an American bluegrass musician.
Ralph and Carter performed as The Stanley Brothers with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1946 to 1966.
In 1946 Ralph and Carter were being broadcast from radio station WCYB in Bristol, VA. The music, which was inspired by their Virginia mountain home, was encouraged by their mother, who taught Ralph the claw-hammer style of banjo picking that he and Carter became famous for.
Ralph Stanley (996 words)
Ralph Stanley's voice is not of this century.
In January, 2000, Stanley became the first artist to be inducted into the historic Grand Ole Opry in the new millennium.
Stanley still lives near the spot where he was born in a mountainous, tucked-away corner close to the rugged Virginia-Tennessee border.
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