Nathan Stanley

In the deep lonesome hills of southwestern Virginia on August 16, 1992 a baby boy was born into the Stanley family. Nathan Edmond Stanley was born into a music royalty bloodline and family Legacy. As the grandson of the Bluegrass music icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan made his music debut at the young age of 2 on stage with his Grandfather at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, playing the spoons for the Clinch Mountain Boys. He later graduated to playing the mandolin, and in 2007 became the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the Clinch Mountain Boys, who are one of the most highly acclaimed bands in the music industry. To rewind his life and look back in time his history is simple, an entertainer on a mission! He’s an original.

He refuses to be a carbon copy. Nathan Stanley would say “If it’s been done, I don’t think I’ll do it that way”. His musical influences include Dr. Ralph Stanley and Elvis Presley.

He has spent most of his life on a 45-foot tour bus traveling across the United States and internationally. In 2006, he had the great honor to perform for the Queen of England when Her Majesty visited the state of Virginia. He had a #1 song on the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) charts in 2011 with Vince Gill on the unforgettable “White Dove.” The National Traditional Country Music Association voted “My Kind Of Country” the “Classic Country Album of the Year” in 2011. In 2014, Nathan signed a recording deal with Willow Creek Records Nashville, TN. In October 2014, his album Every Mile garnered Nathan his first GMA Dove Award nomination and win for “Bluegrass Album of the year”. In January 2015, Nathan was featured on the highly acclaimed Cracker Barrel album Ralph Stanley and Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Nathan performed two songs with his Grandfather on the special project. One was the classic “Rank Stranger” and the other was a heartfelt performance of “Hills of Home”.

Nathan Stanley is a class act who is no stranger to success. Stanley has eight solo albums to his credit, recording with artists such as Brad Paisley, George Jones, Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless and many more. His voice is filled with conviction and emotion, with traces of old ghosts from days gone by. He is driven by the passion of the song. Staying true to his bluegrass and gospel roots, Nathan’s faith is no secret to anybody. Every time he steps out on a stage he lets his audiences know that his blessings and talent is a gift from God.

Nathan still travels and stands by his hero, Dr. Ralph Stanley. The love that he has for his Grandfather is evident and nobody could deny it. Nathan also performs solo at theaters, music festivals, and performing arts centers around the country.

To know him is to love him! As unique as a fingerprint, Nathan Stanley will leave his mark on your soul!




Dewey Brown


The most recent addition to the Clinch Mtn. Boys, Dewey Brown, joined the band in June of 2005. Dewey, who hails from Graham, North Carolina, is an accomplished fiddle player who, while still in high school started his career playing with the band Blue Ridge. Since high school, Dewey has played with artist such as Honi Denton, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen and on occasion, IIIrd Time Out. The 24 year old Brown started playing the fiddle at age 9 while watching his father play the bass with friends. A friend named Scott Greason, showed Dewey the first basics on the fiddle and after a while of informal lessons with Scott, Dewey was introduced to well-known fiddler J.B. Prince. He studied with J.B. over a span of eleven years. In 1999 at the age of 17, Dewey won first place at the Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA. In addition to his phenomenal fiddle playing, Dewey sings harmony at various times during his performance with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mtn. Boys.

Dewey has a new fiddle album out on his own DewBug label titles "Traditional Fiddle" which features Dewey along with Ralph and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ralph sings "Cotton Eyed Joe" on the project.

Currently, Dewey lives in North Carolina where he collects vintage violins, Martin Guitars and Gibson Banjos.

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James Alan SheltonJames Alan Shelton


In Memoriam 1960-2014


James was born on November 3, 1960 and joined the Clinch Mountain Boys in March 1994 as Lead Guitarist. James grew up in Scott County, Virginia (near the town of Gate City, Virginia). Since joining the Clinch Mountain Boys, he's taken on additional duties as Road Manager and for a time was the band’s booking agent. Before these duties, James was well-known for his trademark "Shelton Straps" and continues to make straps occasionally. James has seven solo projects out as well as collaboration with veteran guitarist George Shuffler. James also has a book of Guitar Tablature through Mel Bay publications plus a guitar instructional video, "Clinch Mountain Guitar". He also has done three volumes of Ralph's Song and Memory Book which is currently out of print. He lives in Church Hill, Tennessee with his wife of 24 years, Greta. James owns several vintage guitars including a 1946 Martin D-28 herringbone. The Huss & Dalton Guitar Company in Staunton, Virginia now builds a “James A. Shelton Signature TDR- Model” guitar and James owns number 1 of 25 that are going to be built. James was recently nominated for “Bluegrass Instrumental Album of the Year” for his “Half Moon Bay” CD. In recent years James has started his own record label, Sheltone Records. His latest release is titled "Where I'm Bound" and can be purchased from his website.

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