Ralph Stanley II & Clinch Mountain Boys perform at Court Square Theater Jan. 18

court square theatreRalph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Court Square Theater Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 7 pm.

As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. However, he would not follow in his father’s footsteps when it came to choice of instrument. He soon fell under the spell of the guitar. He spotted one under his sister’s bed, and according to Ralph, “I wanted to play it. When I was five years old, I started with the guitar and I’ve been playing it ever since.”

Ralph II took the stage as lead singer with Ralph Sr. and the Clinch Mountain Boys in June 1995. Since then, he has earned the respect of Stanley fans everywhere, and has garnered praise as a strong new artist in his own right.

In 2002 Ralph II earned his first Grammy, along with his father Dr. Ralph Stanley, for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale on “Lost in the Lonesome Pines.” Ralph II has proven to be an accomplished songwriter with six solo albums and the highly acclaimed duet “Side by Side” album with his father.

Honoring his father’s wishes, Ralph II took over the name Clinch Mountain Boys after his father’s death. These big shoes are being filled by the talents of previous Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, Noah Brown on the upright bass, and Ralph II on guitar.

Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Court Square Theater Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with the show beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $18 advance and $22 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit valleyarts.org or call 540.433.9189.

Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater is located at 41-F Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg.

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