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BLUEGRASS LEGEND DR. RALPH STANLEY AND CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE® ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE CD,
RALPH STANLEY & FRIENDS: MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW, AVAILABLE
JAN. 19, 2015
LEBANON, Tenn. (Dec. 9, 2014) - Cracker Barrel Old Country
Store® and three-time GRAMMY Award winner and International
Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Ralph Stanley announce
the upcoming CD release of Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of
Constant Sorrow, which will be available on Jan. 19, 2015,
exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
locations and online at
The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow features Stanley performing duets with guest artists including Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, Nathan Stanley, Josh Turner, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and Lee Ann Womack. Stanley also performs two solo songs, including his signature tune "Man of Constant Sorrow." Produced by Miller and Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow will sell for $11.99.
"I have always enjoyed performing with other musicians ever since my older brother Carter and I first started playing music together when we were kids," said Stanley. "I am excited to share these collaborations with such wonderful artists with our fans. So many of my fans are regular visitors to Cracker Barrel, so I'm happy to have my project available exclusively there so they can find the CD in one of their favorite locations."
"Cracker Barrel is honored to offer this album featuring the legendary Ralph Stanley and a variety of talented artists through our exclusive music program," said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. "Many of our guests are huge bluegrass fans and we know they will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime album."
The 13 songs on Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow are:
1) "We Shall Rise" with Josh Turner
2) "I Only Exist" with Dierks Bentley
3) "Sweethearts in Heaven" with Ricky Skaggs
4) "Rank Stranger" with Nathan Stanley
5) "I Am the Man, Thomas" with Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
6) "White Dove" with Lee Ann Womack
7) "Red Wicked Wine" with Elvis Costello
8) "Pig in a Pen" with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
9) "Two Coats" with Robert Plant
10) "Brand New Tennessee Waltz" with Del McCoury
11) "Short Life of Trouble" with Old Crow Medicine Show
12) "Hills of Home" - Dr. Ralph Stanley
13) "Man of Constant Sorrow" - Dr. Ralph Stanley
Stanley was born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Va. He learned to play banjo from his mother when he was a teenager. After graduating high school and serving in the U.S. Army, he joined older brother Carter in creating the Clinch Mountain Boys and began performing on local radio stations and at regional venues. After Columbia Records signed them, they become known as The Stanley Brothers and went on to record such classics as "Angel Band," "Little Maggie" and their signature tune, "Man of Constant Sorrow." During this time, he developed a unique style of playing the banjo that became known as "Stanley style."
After Carter died in 1966, Stanley continued to perform and record as a solo artist. Though the years, he helped mentor several future bluegrass and country music artists who performed in his band before embarking on solo careers, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and Keith Whitley.
In 1976, Stanley received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., and he has been known as "Dr. Ralph Stanley" ever since.
He was presented with the National Heritage Award by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, elected into the International Bluegrass Hall of Honor in 1992 and inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. His performance of "O Death," featured in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," earned him his first GRAMMY Award in 2001 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The soundtrack album for that movie also earned Stanley both a GRAMMY Award and a CMA Award for Album of the Year.
His album Lost in the Lonesome Pines earned Stanley his third GRAMMY Award in 2002, this time for Best Bluegrass Album. His performance of "Me and God" with Josh Turner received an ACM nomination for Vocal Event of the Year in 2006. That same year, he received two major honors: the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress and the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush.
He released his autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow in 2009. Stanley received a second honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Yale University on May 19, 2014, and was elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 11, 2014
Nashville – July 23, 2014 -
Trailblazing musician Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.
In May, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University. It was his second such distinction, the first having been conferred in 1976 by Lincoln Memorial University.
Stanley will be inducted formally into the Academy at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Oct. 11. The Academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America’s foremost “thinkers and doers.” Among its past members are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. Current members include more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize-winners.
Recognized as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world during his 68 years of touring and recording. He began his career in 1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers, a group then headed by singer-songwriter Carter Stanley. The Stanley Brothers performed, recorded and appeared on television together until Carter’s death in 1966.
In the years following, Stanley built and led a band that at various times featured such rising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore. So significant was the Stanley sound in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? that Ralph rocketed from icon to superstar. He was profiled by novelist David Gates in The New Yorker and went on to earn a Grammy as top male country music vocalist, edging out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Lyle Lovett. To date, he has won three Grammys.
Stanley’s high, forlorn vocals are featured in the seven-million-selling O Brother soundtrack album. In addition, he was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century. He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
New Haven, CT
Dr. Ralph Stanley and his grandson Nathan Stanley recently visited Yale University in New Haven, CT Yale honored the elder Stanley with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Music. The President of Yale University, Peter Salovey noted that he was a very big fan of Nathan and Dr. Ralph's music.
Ralph Stanley Signs With
NASHVILLE, TN -- February 26, 2013--Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy-winner Ralph Stanley has signed to Moonstruck Management for management and booking.
Headed by Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser, Moonstruck has a client roster that also includes Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, among other award-winning groups.
“Peter and I are honored to work with the great Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys,” says Trivett. “I grew up on Dr. Ralph’s music and have been a huge fan since I was a young boy in Bristol, Tennessee. There was just something magical about the sound and style of his banjo playing and his lonesome mountain vocals that captivated my heart and still lives in me today. His music has been revered for over 65 years, and we have several exciting plans to honor and celebrate the great music and life of this international music legend."
Moonstruck Management focuses on country and bluegrass music and incorporates artist development, management, growth and booking into one controlled business. Peter Keiser comes from a successful and forward-thinking background as Vice President of Marketing for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores restaurant chain. During his tenure there, Keiser developed a thriving music program that showcased artists through co-branded products that were marketed and sold only at Cracker Barrel.
Josh Trivett comes from outside the music industry with a background of 13 years in professional golf as a tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing and increasing the worldwide visibility of bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Starting out in 1946 with his older brother Carter, Ralph Stanley imparted the high, forlorn mountain sound to the Stanley Brothers’ repertoire. After Carter’s death in 1966, Stanley carried on both the name and tradition, enlisting into the Clinch Mountain Boys such future bluegrass and country stars as Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Charlie Sizemore.
As a consequence of recording more than 200 albums and performing tens of thousands of shows around the world, Stanley was already an icon when the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett spotlighted him in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? movie and soundtrack album—an album that has now sold more than seven million copies. His crucial part in the album earned him Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Album of the Year Grammys. He subsequently shared a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy with the Clinch Mountain Boys and Jim Lauderdale. Stanley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000, the first new member of the 21st Century.
He holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University.
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Dr. Ralph Stanley - Press Release ARCHIVE
February 9, 2011 - Ralph Stanley’s New Album of Sacred Music, A Mother’s Prayer Will Be Released by Rebel Records April 19
November 22, 2010 - Inimitable Ralph Stanley Wraps Up Eventful Year And Turns to New Album of Appalachian Spirituals
August 10, 2010 - Dr. Ralph Stanley Sings “Jacob’s Vision”On Cellist Dave Eggar’s New CD, Kingston Morning
April 16, 2010 - Ralph Stanley’s “Hemlock and Primroses” Inspires Ballet
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Clippings - Dr. Ralph Stanley
People Magazine 2002
Entertainment Weekly 2002
Rolling Stone 2001
The New Yorker 2001