Dr. Ralph Stanley To Launch Farewell Tour in October

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley will launch his farewell tour, billed as Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell, on Oct. 16. The tour will include more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, and will run through December 2014. Accompanying Stanley will be his band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976. Stanley’s career began in 1946 with older brother Carter; the pair recorded and toured as The Stanley Brothers. Ralph began a solo career after Carter’s death in 1966.

“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.” 

Over his lengthy career, the entertainer has earned three Grammy awards. He was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album. Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. As a bandleader, Stanley shepherded the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore.

Dates for the opening weekend of the Man of Constant Sorrow Tour:

Oct. 18  The Dunn Center – Rocky Mount, N.C.
Oct. 19  Morehead Center – Morehead, N.C.
Oct. 20  The Birchmere – Alexandria, Va.
Oct. 21  The Arts Center – Carrborro, N.C.


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