Doctor’s Orders A Tribute to Ralph Stanley

Don Rigsby Salutes His Chief Inspiration
 
In New Album:
Doctor’s Orders–A Tribute to Ralph Stanley
 
Stanley and Clinch Mountain Boys Alumni are among Guest Artists
 
 
Nashville, TN — March 25, 2013 — Don
Rigsby’s life-long passion for the music of Dr. Ralph Stanley comes to
full boil in his forthcoming album from Rebel Records, Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley.
 
(Stanley
has been referred to as Dr. Ralph Stanley since receiving his honorary
doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University in 1976.)
  
“I’m
so proud of the tribute record that Don Rigsby has done for me,” says
Stanley.  “He has recorded some of my favorite material and brought new
life to each song.”
 
Except
for “The Mountain Doctor” (which Rigsby co-wrote with Larry Cordle, of
“Murder on Music Row” fame), all the songs on the new album are ones
Stanley recorded throughout his 67-year (and counting) career.  Some are
rare gems the Old Master seldom or never performed in his stage shows.
 
Adding
zest to the project are appearances by Stanley and former Clinch
Mountain Boys Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore and Steve
Sparkman.  Stanley’s lead guitarist, James Alan Shelton, plays on many
of the 14 selections, as do such other prize-winning pickers as Ron
Stewart and Barry Bales.  Rigsby produced the album.
 
Barely
out of the cradle when he became enthralled by the high mournful sounds
issuing from his brother’s 8-track tape player, Rigsby was a mature six
years old the day he met Stanley at a show in Ashland, Kentucky.  It
remains the musical highlight of his life.
 
Rigsby
is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner of the SPBGMA’s
Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year awards.  He has performed and/or
recorded with The Bluegrass Cardinals, J. D. Crowe & The New South,
Lonesome River Band, Longview and Midnight Call.  His credits also
include five solo albums and two IBMA awards for producing Larry Sparks’
comeback album, 40.  A graduate of Morehead State University, Rigsby
was the first full-time director of that school’s Kentucky Center for
Traditional Music.
 
The
first single from the album, “The Mountain Doctor,” will be made
available for digital purchase as a special pre-album promotion next
Tuesday, April 2 via iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other digital outlets. 
The full album Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley will be released May 21.

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