30 June 2016

Remembering Ralph Stanley

It is now a week since the death of Ralph Stanley (see the BIB for 24 June). Among the tributes and commemorations that have since appeared, this feature on Bluegrass Today announces that WYMT TV in Kentucky have made the funeral service available online in a 108-minute video, of which the religious service takes up the first twelve minutes. It can be viewed on Bluegrass Today as well as on YouTube. The service, in the words of John Lawless,

included heartfelt statements by close friends and family members, and beautifully emotional performances by Larry Sparks and the Marshall Family, John Rigsby, Ricky Skaggs, and Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. Not many dry eyes in the park.

Also on Bluegrass Today: Chris Jones's testimony to the decisive impact of Ralph Stanley's music on his own life and musical career.

Update 2 July: Thanks to Deering Banjos for this link to a blog post of tributes to Ralph Stanley from Jens Kruger, Terry Baucom, David Holt, and others.

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