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Famed bluegrass band coming to Shelby

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When legends come to mind there is one star that shines above them all and that is none other than the legendary icon Dr. Ralph Stanley.

With two hits on the movie soundtrack "O Brother Where Art Thou" and his 2009 autobiography release this legendary singer songwriter is still on the road and traveling as much as 100 shows a year.  For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Some of Country and Bluegrass music's biggest stars came from Ralph Stanley's band, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and the late Keith Whitley.

In 1976 Ralph received a honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. In 2002 Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of "Oh Death" one of two songs that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou". In 2006 He received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National medal of arts given by President George W. Bush.

Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring with over 100 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 an international Icon. Member of the Grand Ole Opry, Three time Grammy Award Winner, Multi IBMA Award Winner, CMA & ACM Award Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Living Legend Award Winner.

This is truly a pattern legends are known for. He has recorded over 170 albums, many of the singles have become bluegrass standards. He is one of the last living founders of a distinctly American art form, which blends rural-based lyrics with fluid, jazz-like instrumental improvisations. Stanley's music--particularly his high, mournful vocals--is so raw, powerful and authentic that it has moved and inspired performers from all musical genres. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Jerry Garcia, Hal Ketchum, Patty Loveless, John Anderson credit Stanley as a major inspiration.

Dr. Ralph Stanley's band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, has been the incubator for two generations of country and bluegrass superstars, including Ricky Skaggs and the late Keith Whitley. Ralph Stanley continues to live in and draw strength from the country, in his case the remote mountainous region of southwestern Virginia.

Don't miss your chance to see one of Americas True Bluegrass Legends right here in Shelby NC at the Don Gibson Theatre January 5th 2013 at 8 p.m.

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