Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 24, 2017 11:53 AM to May 31, 2017 11:59 AM
CHILD Public Onsale: January 24, 2017 12:06 PM to June 12, 2017 8:00 PM
In this special Mountains of Music Homecoming concert, three leading bluegrass musicians—Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II—celebrate the legacy of The Stanley Brothers (Carter and Ralph Stanley), natives of Clintwood, Virginia, and widely deemed among most important bluegrass groups since the genre's emergence in the mid-1940s. Sparks was a member of The Stanley Brothers, while Sparks, Skaggs, and Ralph II were all part of Ralph Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. At this tribute concert the three musicians will honor the legacy of Carter Stanley (August 27, 1925--December 1, 1966) and Ralph Stanley (nicknamed "Dr. Ralph," who was born February 25, 1927 and who died in 2016 on June 23) by performing songs associated with both Stanleys.
A child prodigy on the mandolin, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1971. After backing up Dr. Ralph on numerous classic recordings of traditional bluegrass, Skaggs left the band and began playing and recording progressive bluegrass and mainstream country music. By the mid-1990s he came back to his first love—bluegrass music—and fronted his own band Kentucky Thunder, releasing a series of acclaimed albums. The recipient of numerous Grammy and IBMA Awards, Skaggs has consistently praised the founders of bluegrass, especially Bill Monroe and, of course, Dr. Ralph.
Larry Sparks began his music career playing country, rock and bluegrass before joining the pioneering bluegrass group, The Stanley Brothers. As a vocalist and guitarist for the Clinch Mountain Boys, Sparks recorded several classic bluegrass songs, including “Sharecropper’s Son” and “I Only Exist.” In 1969, Sparks formed his own group, the Lonesome Ramblers. Sparks—nicknamed “the King of Country Soul”— was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2004 and 2005. Sparks in 2015 was inducted in the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Unlike his famous banjo-playing father, Ralph Stanley II, a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, embraced the guitar, inspired by the legacy of his guitar-playing uncle, Carter Stanley. Joining his father’s band in 1995 as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Ralph II subsequently won many fans through his sincere commitment to traditional bluegrass. Ralph II has received several Grammy Award nominations, ultimately winning one in 2002 for a recording made with Dr. Ralph and singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale. A talented songwriter as well as a quietly charismatic performer, Ralph II has recorded six solo albums. In 2016, his father bestowed upon him the honor of continuing to use the family band-name, and he now tours as Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Children ticket is for 12 & Under.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts Food City, Guest Services, Friends of SWVA, CGI, Bank of Marion, FocusOne Financial Planning, Chantilly Farm, Abingdon Rotary Club, David & Judie Reemsnyder, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Bolling Wilson Hotel, Forestland Group, LLC, Mountain Lake Lodge. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at email@example.com or by calling 276-492-2409.