Emory & Henry College mourns the death of the great Ralph Stanley, who died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the age of 89.
Stanley, who was known as a pioneer of Bluegrass music and the patriarch of Appalachian music, visited Emory & Henry College in March of 2013 as part of fundraiser benefiting the southwest Virginia Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.
After World War II, Stanley and his brother, Carter, formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys and gained regional success playing for crowds mostly in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky, northeast Tennessee, and western North Carolina.
Thanks to a folk music boom in the 1960s, the Stanleys began performing on college campuses, in Europe and at music festivals.
Emory & Henry College and its music program, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Va., and the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. are among the most popular venues providing some of the best music of the region.
“In addition to providing musical experiences from a wide range of other genres, Emory & Henry College takes great pride its Appalachian roots, and by extension, the bluegrass and country music that has grown out of the region,” said Dirk Moore, college spokesman.Dirk Moore,
E&H Director of Public Relations