Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Ralph Stanley picked his first banjo when he was just 11 years old. More than 50 years, an honorary doctorate, and numerous awards later, he’s still entertaining audiences with a bluegrass style that reaches back to the music’s roots.

Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys deliver a unique blend of ballads and instrumentals that remains true to the traditional bluegrass sound—a sound that the filmmaking Coen brothers found irresistible. In 2001, Stanley contributed to the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum soundtrack of their feature film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and was himself awarded the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his rousing rendition of “O Death.” In 2002 the band won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album with Lost in the Lonesome Pines.

When asked about his music, Stanley simply says, “I play it the way I feel it ... I’m plain and I’m down-to-earth and I’m proud of it.” It is precisely this unlikely combination of humility and celebrity that enchants audiences and keeps fans intoxicated with his one-of-a-kind bluegrass sound.


This artist appears in the following Jubilee programs:

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys (#302)
The reigning grand old man of bluegrass delivers a blend of traditional ballads and instrumentals.
Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys/Southern Harvest (#612)
Legendary bluegrass comes to Jubilee.
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys (#701)
Grammy winner Ralph Stanley and his band bring their down-to-earth bluegrass sound to the Jubilee stage.