Ralph Stanley and Son: Side by Side

Dr. Ralph and Ralph Stanley II unite for new album.

Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley shows no signs of slowing down, even at age 87. As proof of that notion, Dr. Ralph still keeps up a busy touring schedule and has just released a new album with his talented son, Ralph Stanley II, called Side by Side. Dr. Ralph talked about the album with Country Weekly for a feature in the April 7 issue.

The 14-cut Side by Side features traditional bluegrass tunes and original material co-written by Dr. Ralph. “[My son] brought me some of the songs and I learned them,” Dr. Ralph says. “We have an old A.P. Carter song called ‘Darling Little Joe’ that I don't think I ever recorded before. We have a nice duet on ‘Nobody Answered Me,’ which is also on the album.”

Dr. Ralph is also proud to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry and plays the show whenever his schedule allows. “I always enjoy singing a song or two on the Grand Ole Opry,” he says. And he’ll continue to entertain as long as his health is good. “I do my best to take care of myself,” Dr. Ralph maintains. “I will keep going until the good Lord tells me I'm not able.”

Read more about the legendary Dr. Ralph in the April 7 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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