Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour
Bluegrass legend will play more than 80 shows through 2014.
Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley will launch his final tour in October, spanning an entire year through December 2014. The 80-plus-date excursion, billed as Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr's Farewell, begins in Rocky Mount, N.C.
The bandleader, who holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University, will be accompanied for the trek by his band the Clinch Mountain Boys, with assorted country and bluegrass guests appearing to support him. The tour will coincide with Ralph's 67th year of performing.
“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” said Ralph’s co-manager Josh Trivett in a release. “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of time.”
Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell (more dates to be announced):
Oct. 18 — The Dunn Center, Rocky Mount, N.C.
Oct. 19 — Morehead Center, Morehead, N.C.
Oct. 20 — The Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Oct. 21 — The Arts Center, Carrboro, N.C.