Staunton Virginia Music
The festival is hosted by Stanley Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and it's always a great time with great music, great food and great people. When they played in August this year, tickets sold out in less than an hour.
Jenkins said the music hall wanted to put together a two-day gig because it would give an even larger number of fans the chance to hear these living icons of American roots music. You're a movie soundtrack, but by that point he had already started to change the direction of the root music, and that doesn't mean the meaning of the Grammys wasn't noticed - the soundtrack wasn't recorded. The soundtrack was a big part of what we were going through at the time, not just for the Clinch Mountain Boys but for all of us.
Brother O'Brother has been a staple of Allegheny Mountain Radio's playlist for decades, and artists like Ralph Stanley have played in the area more than once. Stanley prefers what he calls his style, rather than the more commonly used bluegrass, and has become the voice of the Appalachian peaks in his own way. Watching Stanley play an old banjo song that his mother taught him years ago, or listening to a tall, lonely song about death, you won't be mistaken for what it means to be in the heart of these mountains.
The first time I saw Dr. Ralph Clinch Mountain, the boy who played with him was a young man in his mid-20s, and he also sounded like the flicker of home I found on stage at Mockingbird Roots Music Hall.
I grew up in Staunton, Virginia, a small town of about 2,000 people in the Allegheny Mountains, and worked for a network of rural radio stations that proudly called themselves "Allegheny Mountain Radio," and they did.
For 65 years, Dr. Ralph Stanley has been playing in my heart, and my home is, as he says, where his heart is. If the Coen brothers had found him, he would have been the godfather of the old days, but to me he is just a good friend and friend of mine.