Portraits from our Past
Southwest Virginia Music

Ralph Stanley II

Music: 1990's - Present

Ralph Stanley II, or "two" as he is often called by friends, family and fans, is the son of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. True to his family roots, he lives in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and tours as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Clinch Mountain Boys. For the past several years, Ralph II has distinguished himself as singer and song writer. Some have likened his voice to his late uncle Carter Stanley and to others it echoes the sound of the late Keith Whitley (a former Clinch Mountain Boy). "Listen To My Hammer Ring" was Ralph's II's first project in 1999 which featured the mountain classic "Katie Daley." His CD "The Stanley Blues" is a tribute to his late uncle Carter and his father, the original Stanley Brothers. The CD also features a Southwest Virginia coal mining song about a mining tragedy, "Daddy's Dinner Bucket," written by Bill Jones and Roy Dockery. The project was recorded in Nashville and at Maggard Recording Studio in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The "Stanley Blues" CD was a 2003 Grammy nominee for Bluegrass Album of the Year.


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