Stanley Brothers All-Star Band

LOCATION:

Jettie Baker Center

348 Clintwood Main Street, Clintwood VA

West ZONE
Crooked Road Concerts

TIME:

7:00 PM

The Stanley Brothers All-Star Band brings together, for the first time ever, 6 great musicians who music and lives have been shaped by the musical legacy of the Stanley Brothers. Dewey Brown (fiddle), Tommy Brown (banjo), Randall Hibbitts (bass), Don Rigsby (mandolin), Junior Sisk (guitar), and Ralph Stanley II (guitar), all cut their teeth on the music of Carter and Ralph Stanley and the music is still a huge part of their careers in music today. Expect lots of classics from the Stanley repertoire when these devotees get together for a special concert event where the Stanley sound originated.

Ralph Stanley’s son Ralph II became the lead singer and guitarist for the Clinch Mountain Boys in June 1995. Ralph II continued to perform with his father’s band, and the two recorded an acclaimed album as a duo; Ralph II also made six solo albums. Shortly before his death in 2016, Ralph Stanley bequeathed the rights for overseeing The Clinch Mountain Boys to his talented son. In 2017, this configuration released its first album, entitled Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Today, Ralph II also operates the annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival every Memorial Day weekend at the Stanley homeplace.


Don Rigsby has performed with Ralph Stanley, as well as with many other leading musicians in bluegrass, including Tony Rice, J. D. Crowe, and many more. In addition to his remarkable instrumental capabilities on mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, Rigsby, a native of Isonville, Kentucky, is widely considered one of the leading singers in bluegrass. Formerly a member of the Lonesome River Band, Rigsby in 2001 became the first director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, Junior Sisk is among the most respected traditional bluegrass musicians today. While he initially learned to play and write songs from his musician parents, Sisk considers the Stanley Brothers as a major formative influence. Sisk first made his mark in bluegrass in the early 1990s as a songwriter, though he soon performed with Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz, Blueridge, and the band he founded, Ramblers Choice. With the latter band Sisk has achieved considerable success as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader, winning numerous industry awards from the IBMA and the SPBGMA.

A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, Tommy Brown was likewise influenced by the classic, traditional bluegrass sound of The Stanley Brothers. Tommy began playing the five-string banjo by the age of six, and he eventually won both the Kentucky State and Tennessee State banjo championships. Brown’s impressive picking style and soulful vocals are at the forefront of the traditional bluegrass group he leads, The County Line Grass.

A resident of Graham, North Carolina, Dewey Brown played fiddle with Ralph Stanley as a Clinch Mountain Boy for 11 years. Picking up that instrument at the age of 9, Brown began performing in high school when he joined the band Blueridge, and he has performed with Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen and IIIrd Tyme Out. Brown’s self-released album entitled Traditional Fiddle features vocal performances by Ralph Stanley. In addition to his phenomenal fiddle playing, Dewey owns and manages a music store, Dewey Brown's Music and Lessons, where he gives lessons and sells instruments. He also hosts DeweyFest, his own namesake bluegrass Festival every year in October in Burlington, NC.

Randall Hibbitts, a Grundy, Virginia-native, discovered the music of The Stanley Brothers and other first-generation bluegrass acts as a youngster. Moved by the power of traditional bluegrass music, Hibbitts began performing professionally with Dave Evans and Riverbend and later with Ralph Stanley II. Hibbitts then fulfilled a lifelong dream, playing bass for Ralph II’s father Ralph Stanley as a member of The Clinch Mountain Boys. Most recently, Hibbitts has fronted his own bluegrass band, Appalachia.