"I play it the way I feel it . . . I'm plain and I'm down to earth and I'm proud of it." -- Ralph Stanley
In a rare Lane County appearance, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys bring their legendary bluegrass sound to The Shedd Institute's sonically vibrant Jaqua Concert Hall Friday, October 17th.
Stanley, whose mother gave him his first banjo and taught him to play his first tune when he was 11 years old, has been performing bluegrass music for more than half a century. While he's lately become something of a household name following the critical and commercial success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Stanley's work in bluegrass music has not gone unnoticed through the years. Stanley was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honor in 1992. A member of both the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Traditional American Music Award in 1985 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Lincoln Memorial University.
The Clinch Mountain Boys band, originally formed in 1946 with Ralph Stanley's brother Carter, includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player Ralph Stanley II, mandolin player John Rigsby, lead guitarist James Shelton, banjo player Steve Sparkman, fiddle player James Price and bass player Jack Cooke.