Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour

Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour
80+ Date Event Will Begin Oct. 16, 2013

Nashville, TN (June 26, 2013)–Now
86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and
bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16,
2013.  It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected
to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing
arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell
(The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary
doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that
title since it was awarded in 1976.)

Accompanying the multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star
will be his band, the fabled Clinch Mountain Boys.  Various country and
bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts.  The start of the
tour coincides with Dr. Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional
performer.  He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter,
touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers.  Carter died in 1966,
after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist.

 
“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work
with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” says Josh Trivett,
Stanley’s co-manager.  “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international
musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark
mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell will
be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music
he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of
time.”  (Photo by Will McIntire)

 Over his historic career, Dr. Stanley has won virtually every
honor America has to bestow on its master musicians.  He has three
Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he
competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett. 
His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou?
soundtrack album. He was the first performer to be inducted into the
Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century.  Dr. Stanley is a member of the
International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the
National Medal of Arts.
 
As a bandleader, Dr. Stanley mentored the careers of Ricky Skaggs,
Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore, among others.
 
The following dates for the opening weekend of the Man of Constant SorrowTour: The Dr.’s Farewell are:
Oct. 18  The Dunn Center – Rocky Mount, NC
Oct. 19  Morehead Center – Morehead, NC
Oct. 20  The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
Oct. 21  The Arts Center – Carrborro, NC

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