The Ralph Stanley Story with guest speaker Gary Reid
This documentary film is a portrait of the Grammy award-winning bluegrass great and star of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. For over 50 years, Ralph Stanley’s banjo playing, haunting tenor voice and tradition-inspired repertoire have epitomized old time bluegrass music. This documentary explores Stanley’s musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, the early days of The Stanley Brothers, and Ralph’s decision to continue on after the untimely death of his brother Carter.
The film will be followed by a Q&A/discussion with Gary Reid. Reid is a performer, record producer, writer, and historian, and is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Best Liner Notes. He is also the author of two recently-released books, for which he received the 2015 IBMA award for Print/Media Person of the Year. The books are: The Music of the Stanley Brothers and The Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies. In 2014, he launched a one-man play called A Life of Sorrow – the Life and Times of Carter Stanley.
Admission to Reel Appalachia is free and open to all.