Ralph Stanley Remembered on KSON's Bluegrass Special

Wayne Rice

The Bluegrass Special Remembers Ralph Stanley Sunday at 10 PM

June 25, 2016

The legendary bluegrass music pioneer Ralph Stanley passed away on Thursday, June 23 at the age of 89. We will remember and celebrate Ralph Stanley this Sunday night, June 26 as we feature many of his songs along with live music from Chris Cerna and Bluegrass Republic. A full hour of Ralph Stanley music will begin at 11 PM.

Ralph Stanley's legacy in bluegrass and country music cannot be underestimated. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry as well as the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Along with his brother Carter, he is listed among the first-generation creators of the genre, a small group that includes Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The Virginia-based Stanley Brothers brought a raw, lonesome sound to the music while Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs provided fiery instrumentals and three-part harmonies. After Carter's death in 1966, Ralph continued performing with his Clinch Mountain Boys until just last year. He is perhaps best known for his appearance on the soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou." His recording of "O Death" earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance of the Year.

The Bluegrass Special has featured the music of Ralph Stanley for 40 years now and will continue to keep the Stanley tradition alive on Sunday nights in San Diego! Rest in peace, Dr. Ralph Stanley.