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"I'm very Proud of my grandson Nathan. He is a wonderful entertainer and a mighty fine singer. I know as long as he is around my music will never die."
-- Dr. Ralph Stanley --

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"I had the privilege of getting to know Nathan these past couple of months. I have never met a more kind, generous, humble person in my life. He is a very talented artist who stays true to his musical roots. Thanks for your friendship, Nathan."

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"I had the great pleasure of recording a song with Nathan awhile back and not only did he sing great, but he was a great producer to work with as well. He has a great voice, and of course, comes from an amazing line of performers and entertainers."
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"Very seldom do you get to work with someone destined to become a Legend. So it was a great privilege for me to record with Nathan Stanley who is definitely on his way to becoming just that, A True Legend. Nathan has got the gift of music in his bones. At his young age, he's already a super talented musician with a great sense of style and superb vocal talent. Nathan, thanks for allowing me to record with you. It was an honor."
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"I'm very Proud of my grandson Nathan. He is a wonderful entertainer and a mighty fine singer. I know as long as he is around my music will never die."
-- Dr. Ralph Stanley --

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"I had the privilege of getting to know Nathan these past couple of months. I have never met a more kind, generous, humble person in my life. He is a very talented artist who stays true to his musical roots. Thanks for your friendship, Nathan."

-- Wes Hampton --
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"I had the great pleasure of recording a song with Nathan awhile back and not only did he sing great, but he was a great producer to work with as well. He has a great voice, and of course, comes from an amazing line of performers and entertainers."
-- George Jones --
October 31st , 2012

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 "Nathan Stanley is the Real Deal. He has paid his dues, learned his craft and found his niche."
-- Ben "Cooter" Jones --
Star of the Dukes of Hazard TV Show

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"Nathan's smooth, refined vocals are worthy of carrying on the Stanley Name."
-- Country Weekly --

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"Very seldom do you get to work with someone destined to become a Legend. So it was a great privilege for me to record with Nathan Stanley who is definitely on his way to becoming just that, A True Legend. Nathan has got the gift of music in his bones. At his young age, he's already a super talented musician with a great sense of style and superb vocal talent. Nathan, thanks for allowing me to record with you. It was an honor."
-- Gene Watson --

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"When Nathan Stanley sings I can't help but stop-and listen- to the old soul behind the young pure voice."
-- Jeff Bates --
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"Nathan's version of "Hand in Hand with Jesus" makes me want to tighten my grip. This is a standout cut and I know that he is making Dr. Ralph proud. I'm a Big Fan!"
-- T. Graham Brown --

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"Nathan Stanley is the Coolest thing since Elvis."
-- Marty Stuart --
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"Nathan Stanley is what real music is all about."
-- T. Graham Brown --
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"My heart is broken into pieces. My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer. I feel so lost and so alone right now. He was my world, and he was my everything. He was always there for me no matter what. I just cannot get a grip on this. My Papaw was loved by millions of fans from all around the world, and he loved all of you. If he was singing and on stage, he was happy. That's why I did so much to make it possible for him to travel in the last two years. Because he wanted to. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to face in my life. The only thing that gives me peace is knowing that he is in paradise and I'll see my best friend again. I love you papaw with all of my heart. As long as I live and breathe, your legacy will never die. You will forever be in my heart."

-Nathan Stanley
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluegrass Music Patriarch

Ralph Stanley Dies At 89

 

 

February 25th, 1927 June 23rd, 2016

 

 


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 23, 2016) Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89.

Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, a land of coal mines and deep forests where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. Their father would sing them old traditional songs like "Man of Constant Sorrow," while their mother, a banjo player, taught them the old-time clawhammer style, in which the player's fingers strike downward at the strings in a rhythmic style.

Heavily influenced by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, the brothers fused Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk songs from groups such as the Carter Family, who hailed from this same rocky corner of Virginia.

The Stanleys created a distinctive three-part harmony that combined the lead vocal of Carter with Ralph's tenor and an even higher part sung by bandmate Pee Wee Lambert. Carter's romantic songwriting professed a deep passion for the rural landscape, but also reflected on lonesomeness and personal losses.

Songs like "The Lonesome River," uses the imagery of the water to evoke the loss of a lover, and "White Dove," describes the mourning and suffering after the death of a mother and father. In 1951, they popularized "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was also later recorded by Bob Dylan in the '60s.

The brothers were swept into the burgeoning folk movement and they toured the country playing folk and bluegrass festivals during the '60s, including the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and 1964.

But when Carter died of liver disease in 1966, Ralph wasn't sure he could continue. His brother had been the main songwriter, lead singer and front man, and Ralph, by his own account, was withdrawn and shy, although he had overcome some of his early reticence.

"Within weeks of his passing, I got phone calls and letters and telegrams and they all said don't quit. They said, 'We've always been behind you and Carter, but now we'll be behind you even more because we know you'll need us,'" Stanley told The Associated Press in 2006.

After Carter's death, Ralph drew even deeper from his Appalachian roots, adopting the a cappella singing style of the Primitive Baptist church where he was raised. He reformed the Clinch Mountain Boys band to include Ray Cline, vocalist Larry Sparks and Melvin Goins. He would change the lineup of the band over the years, later including Jack Cooke, and mentored younger artists like Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, who also performed with him.

Dylan and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia praised his work and, in the case of Dylan, joined him for a remake of the Stanley Brothers' "Lonesome River" in 1997.

He was given an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1976, and he was often introduced as "Dr. Ralph Stanley." He performed at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, was given a "Living Legends" medal from the Library of Congress and a National Medal of Arts presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and President George W. Bush. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.

But at age 73, he was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2000 due to his chilling a cappella dirge "O Death" from the hit Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" movie soundtrack. The album was a runaway hit, topping the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the country albums and soundtrack charts, and sold millions of copies.

He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002 beating out Tim McGraw, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett and was the focus of a successful tour and documentary inspired by the soundtrack. The soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, also won a Grammy for album of the year. The following year he and Jim Lauderdale would win a Grammy for best bluegrass album for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines."

He said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2002 that younger people were coming to see his shows and hear his "old time music," and was enjoying the belated recognition.

"I wish it had come 25 years sooner," he said. "I am still enjoying it, but I would have had longer to enjoy it."

Despite health problems, he continued to record and tour into his 80s, often performing with his son Ralph Stanley II on guitar and his grandson Nathan on mandolin.

Stanley was born in Big Spraddle, Virginia and lived in Sandy Ridge outside of Coeburn, Virginia. His mother was Lucy Jane Smith Stanley and his father was Lee Stanley. He is survived by his wife Jimmie Stanley they were to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on July 2nd. He is also survived by his children: Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes Stanley and Ralph Stanley II; His grandchildren: Nathan Stanley, Amber Meade Stanley, Evan Stout, Ashley Marshall, Alexis Marshall, Taylor Stanley, and Ralph Stanley III; and great grandchild Mckenzie Stanley. Memorial service details are pending and will be announced shortly.

 

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Nathan Stanley honors his legendary grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley with Brand New Song and Music Video!


"He'll Always Be Papaw to Me"

Writers: Darlene Fowler & Nathan Stanley
Produced by: Coleman Teleproductions
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The Stanley Music Agency Announces New Label    

Music Royalty And Entrepreneur Nathan Stanley Proudly Endorses New Label

 

(March 9th, 2016, Nashville, Tenn)  The Stanley Music Agency is proud to announce their new label, The Stanley Music Group.  

 

The Stanley Music Group will welcome artists from Country, Bluegrass and Gospel genres. They will specialize in artist development, management, consulting, publicity, radio, recording, video and more. Nathan Stanley, grandson of Bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, is also an award winning artist having garnered a 2014 GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year. He has also received numerous honors from The Inspirational Country Music Association for No. 1 singles. 


 

Joining Nathan will be staff members with extensive experience in the music industry. Darlene Fowler will be assisting with daily activities and management. Other staff members will be announced soon. Stanley Music Group will represent Dr. Ralph Stanley and Nathan Stanley. Stanley Music Group will have offices in Nashville, TN and Coeburn VA.

 

Media Contact:
Darlene Fowler: 615-491-2074

The Stanley Music Agency: 615-260-7604
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Like Grandfather, Like Grandson

By: A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer.

   
   
     

When Nathan Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys hit the Sellersville Theater on Friday, the show will be more than a bluegrass concert with sacred songs on the side.

Group founder Ralph Stanley is an institution. The Virginia-born clawhammer-banjo-playing and singing cofounder of the Stanley Brothers has crafted bluegrass mountain music and a gospel repertoire that's inspirational whether you're Lord-loving or not. He's also a hit maker, with his songs for the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? sound track and Stanley's newly Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow.

The 89-year-old won't be on the Sellersville stage this time around, however; he's been temporarily sidelined by a medical procedure. He'll be ably represented by the only person who could do it - his 23-year-old grandson, Nathan.

"I'm very sorry I will not be able to make the show Friday, but I know Nathan will put on a fantastic concert," Stanley said during an interview from his Virginia home. "I urge all our fans to go see the future of my legacy."


The good doctor also spoke about his roots in the church ("I love to sing the old hymns, my favorite type of songs") and recording Man of Constant Sorrow with duet partners such as Robert Plant and Elvis Costello ("Plant was different in his own way, but very good").
He talked warmly about the love and closeness of his family, too. He learned the old clawhammer style of banjo picking from his mother. "She was a great picker, and bought me my first banjo. I believe it cost $5."


Stanley praised his late brother, Carter, with whom he formed the outfit in 1946, as being the talkative one of the two. "I was always shy and mostly stood in the background," he said. "We would travel those roads in a car and he would write songs and we would constantly be thinking about ways to improve our sound. He was a good brother, and I miss him a lot."

When the subject turns to the Stanley brand - bluegrass - the doctor notes something unusual. "I never have called my music bluegrass," he said. "I've always said, 'I sing and play the ole-time mountain-style music, what they call bluegrass.' I just have a unique sound that nobody else in the business has got."


The only other person who can lay claim to the good doctor's angelic voice (craggy with age but still high-heavenly), instrumental prowess, and business savvy in releasing albums and booking tours is Nathan. This is his first time on a Clinch Mountain Boys tour without his grandfather.

Nathan Stanley speaks softly and carries a big responsibility, one he's been ready for practically since leaving the crib. He's been playing with Ralph since age 2, when he manned the spoons. "I can't remember as far back as the cradle, but I have lived with my papaw my whole life," Nathan Stanley said. "In one room, I'd be watching Barney - the old purple dinosaur show - and [in] the other there'd be my grandfather singing, playing the banjo, and rehearsing."

Music was everywhere all the time for Nathan. Not just the banjo he picked up or the melodic vocal style he shares with his grandfather, but the business style that finds the family in control of its own destiny via the Stanley Agency.

"I wanted to do everything with my papaw. Wherever he was, I wanted to be. He used to call me his shadow. At 7:30 in the morning when he went to the farmhouse, I'd farm with him. On stage, if he took a step forward, I'd take a step forward. If he stepped back, I stepped back. Same with the business end - how to make things go. Ralph's a shrewd businessman. Thanks to the good Lord, I have a bit of that in me, too."

Nathan Stanley, who resembles a young Elvis Presley, has gone his own way, too. His first solo album, Sandy Ridge, was released when he was 11. But he didn't feel a need to rebel as a teen against his grandfather or his sound; Ralph's music was his music.

"I knew early on what I wanted to do," said Nathan, who recently released the solo album Every Mile. "My solo music also has traditional country flair and gospel influence; it's hand in hand with bluegrass."

Asked whether he's a big fan of bro-country or the slick mix of country and rock, the younger Stanley was quietly diplomatic. "There's room for all of it. I wouldn't call it country. I'm young but got an old soul. To me, country is George Jones and Dolly Parton, but I love Brad Paisley and Josh Turner."

Along with duties as Ralph's shadow and now the ensemble's front man, Nathan hosts his own Christian television program Saturday nights on the Living Faith network. That dovetails nicely with the family's concept of bluegrass and Bible-based song being forever united.

Nathan believes the music's singular beauty and the purity of its message capture listeners regardless of their beliefs. "I don't give myself credit," he said. "At the right time and place, the good Lord walks in mysterious ways."

   
     
     
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