PRESTONSBURG — One of the region’s most iconic musicians is coming back to the Mountain Arts Center for a reprise of his successful appearance in May.
Dr. Ralph Stanley’s grandson Nathan Stanley says that this is the first time in the singer’s illustrious career that he has played two shows at the MAC in the same year.
Nathan says that the large crowds they draw in Kentucky are some of the biggest Ralph Stanley fans—and some of the finest people—they find anywhere around the country.
“In Kentucky, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ralph Stanley,” Nathan says. “There’s something special about playing there. The fans are the best.”
Which is why, Nathan adds, Ralph is happy to meet and greet the fans, take pictures with them, and sign autographs, and the MAC show will be no exception.
Nathan says that Ralph Stanley’s recent plans to possibly retire were quickly put to an end by the 87-year-old songwriter. His homepage quotes the good doctor: “God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It’s up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing.”
Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, September 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, and $31 at the door.