Country music legend Ralph Stanley has been honoured for his career achievements with an induction into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member added another accolade to his name on Saturday (11Oct14) when he was formally inducted as a fellow of the prestigious honorary society that recognises achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Also included in the same induction class was actor/director Al Pacino, author John Irving, and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard.
Country music legend Ralph Stanley is to bow out of touring with a 14-month-long final trek, beginning in October (13).
The 86-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member will play his final show in December, 2014.
The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell will kick off in North Carolina on 18 October and include over 80 shows.
Continue reading: Ralph Stanley Bowing Out Of Touring With 80-Date Tour
Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley was sporting a black eye at the Stagecoach country music festival in California on Sunday (26Apr09) after taking a nasty fall at his home in West Virginia the day before.
The 82-year-old was cleaning when he fell off a stool.
But the show went on for the injured banjo player, who joked, "You should see the other guy!" before he took the Mustang stage at the festival.
Bluegrass stalwart Ralph Stanley will sing for THE QUEEN and her husband, Prince Philip, when they visit Richmond, Virginia on Thursday (03May07) to address the state's General Assembly.
The Queen is in the state to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States.
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley was honoured with the US National Medal of Arts by PRESIDENT George W Bush in the White House's Oval Office yesterday (09NOV06).
The 79-year-old country great joined stars like actress Cyd Charisse and composer WILLIAM BOLCOM for the honour, America's highest accolade for artistic excellence.
Bluegrass legend ERNIE THACKER is fighting for his life in a Virginia hospital after sustaining multiple injuries in a traffic accident. Thacker's family has been keen to keep the news of the mandolin player's condition out of the press since his accident on 18 April (06), but reports finally surfaced at the weekend (29APR06). Thacker was a regular contributor to Ralph Stanley's albums and formed his own band ROUTE 23 a decade ago. A trust fund has been established to help Thacker's family cover medical costs.
Jimmy Martin isn't dead yet, but his tombstone - a large one - is already in place in eastern Tennessee. It's inscribed with a lengthy and somewhat boastful list of accomplishments in the world of bluegrass music, where he's nearly as famous as the Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe, who gave Martin his first break in the late 1940s. But the appeal of King of Bluegrass, George Goehl's documentary on Martin, ought to extend well beyond the realm of hardcore bluegrass fans. Any man who's so eager to get the last word in about his life that he's built a tombstone with his life story on it is going to have his quirks, and Martin has more than a few.
Continue reading: King Of Bluegrass: The Life & Times Of Jimmy Martin Review
Bluegrass legends THE STANLEY BROTHERS are being honoured with a new stage musical all about their career.
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW: THE STORY OF THE STANLEY BROTHERS opened last night (25AUG05) in Abingdon, Virginia.
Ralph Stanley, the surviving member of the legendary duo, is expected to attend Sunday's (28AUG05) grand opening of the production.
Continue reading: Stanley Brothers Honoured In New Musical
LATEST: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is recovering in a Tennessee hospital after undergoing a triple heart bypass operation.
The 78-year-old singer/songwriter underwent the surgery on Monday (27JUN05) after a routine physical reveal clogged arteries.
Stanley is expected to make a full recovery.29/06/2005 08:59