FAIRBORN — Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform, along with grandson Nathan Stanley, at the Fairborn Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) club on Sunday.
Born in 1927, the elder Stanley’s career spans 68 years, during which he has become one of the most influential bluegrass and gospel artists of all time. In 1946, he and his older brother Carter Stanley 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. Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring a 100 plus dates per year.
The July 27th show, presented by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Bluegrass Association, will begin at 1 p.m. at 509 Sports St. Tickets are $25 at the door.
“Anyone in bluegrass knows he’s the tops so it’s a really big deal that he’s coming to Fairborn,” said OKI President Norma Ashcraft. “He’s 87-years-old now and doesn’t appear as much as he used to so this is a rare appearance. He hasn’t been here in ages.”
The 7-time Grammy award-winner is a member and regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. In 2002, Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou.”
“This is going to be big for the community. We’re really excited,” Ashcraft said.
Stanley’s grandson Nathan is following in his grandfather’s footsteps, carrying on the bluegrass tradition. The 21-year-old is considered to be the heir to the Stanley Music Royalty. He has traveled over 200 dates per year since he was 2-years-old, from the humble beginnings of playing the spoons to the lead singer for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
Nathan has recorded seven solo records. In 2011 “My Kind Of Country” was voted “Classic Country Album of The Year” by the National Traditional Country Music Association.
The opening act for the evening will be local bluegrass band Rock Island Plow Company. Lead singer Doyle Wright is host of WYSO show “Down Home Bluegrass” and is a captain on the Beavercreek Police Department.
Food and beverages for Sunday’s event will be provided by the Eagles. There will also be raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. For more information contact Norma Ashcraft at 937-832-0930 or 937-409-2072.