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Published: 2013/06/26

Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour

Country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour on October 16, 2013. It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as The Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. (The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University, and he has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)

His longtime band Clinch Mountain Boys will support Stanley on the road. Various country and bluegrass artists will open for Stanley on the road. The tour kick off coincides with Dr. Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer. He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers. Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist.

“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” says Josh Trivett, Stanley’s co-manager, in a statement. “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.‘s Farewell will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of time.”

Here’s a look at the confirmed dates on the Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.‘s Farewell tour

October 18 Rocky Mount, NC—The Dunn Center
October 19 Morehead, NC—Morehead Center
October 20 Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere
October 21 Carrborro, NC—The Arts Center

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