Dr. Ralph Stanley
For over 6 decades Dr. Ralph Stanley has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946 along with his older brother Carter Stanley they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. The Stanley Brothers traveled together for 20 years recording some of the most mournful mountain songs to date. Their catalog of songs includes “Angel Band,” “Rank Strangers,” “Little Maggie” and the famed “Man of Constant Sorrow.”
Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring 100 plus dates per year, and enjoying his time at home with his lovely wife “Jimmi” of nearly 50 years. Dr. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure but and international Icon.
Combining the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley with the history of traditional mountain music, the state-of-the-art, interactive Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center will allow you to see and hear this particular style of American music in its original setting – the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Follow the career of Dr. Stanley through the exhibits and learn how the environment and traditional music influenced his style.