Music: Ralph Stanley

Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers. Cincinnati will forever be a part of The Stanley Brothers’ history, as the si

May 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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Ralph Stanley

Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers. Cincinnati will forever be a part of The Stanley Brothers’ history, as the siblings recorded some of their most important albums in the Queen City for King Records (2003’s expansive compilation The King Years 1961-1965 contained most of their locally recorded music). When Stanley — who played the Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine for CityBeat’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebration of King in 2008 and again for 2012’s MidPoint Music Festival — performs in Newport this week, it will mark more than half a century of trips to Greater Cincinnati to make hall-of-fame mountain music.


Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Thompson House. Get more information and purchase tickets here.