Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dr. Ralph Stanley

For 35 years, the Uncle Dave Macon Days board has selected an annual Heritage Award Winner, someone who continues to carry on traditional music. Past winners include Roy Acuff, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Ricky Skaggs, and others. This year, the winner was Dr. Ralph Stanley.

Dr. Stanley is 88 years old.  Most people who live to that age have been retired and resting many years. While the others are rocking on their porches,  Dr. Stanley stands on the stage with his son and grandson and sings the songs he was singing when I was born, and still sings them well.

I'm pictured with him here at the Museum of Appalachia's Homecoming in the early nineties. We both have changed a little.

I'm happy he received this well-deserved recognition, and that we were able to be there for this concert.