Ralph Stanley

For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.
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"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The octogenarian road warrior pauses, then chuckles, "Back then we had sheep paths."
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The modern highway leads Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys to the Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday. It's a chance to catch an American original. Born in 1927, Stanley was raised in southwest Virginia. In 1946, he and his older sibling Carter formed the Stanley Brothers, one of the earliest bluegrass bands.
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8 p.m. Saturday at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.; $40-$42; 773-728-6000 or oldtownschool.org</b>

( January 30, 2013 )

For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.

"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The octogenarian road warrior pauses, then chuckles, "Back then we had sheep paths."

The modern highway leads Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys to the Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday. It's a chance to catch an American original. Born in 1927, Stanley was raised in southwest Virginia. In 1946, he and his older sibling Carter formed the Stanley Brothers, one of the earliest bluegrass bands.

8 p.m. Saturday at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.; $40-$42; 773-728-6000 or oldtownschool.org

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