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.
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Ralph Stanley picked his first banjo when he was just 11 years old. More than 50 years, an honorary doctorate, and numerous awards later, hes still entertaining audiences with a bluegrass style that reaches back to the musics roots.
Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys deliver a unique blend of ballads and instrumentals that remains true to the traditional bluegrass sounda 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 the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the year, Lost in the Lonesome Pines.
When asked about his music, Stanley simply says, I play it the way I feel it.... Im plain and Im down-to-earth and Im 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 outstanding performance was taped at the 2001 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Morehead, KY.