Ricky Skaggs Discusses Passing Of Dr. Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

(L-R) Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley

Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley has unfortunately passed away last night (6/23) at the age of 89 after battling skin cancer according to a Facebook post by his grandson Nathan Stanley. As a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Stanley has certainly left his mark on the world of music.

Upon learning the news of the passing of the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs released the following statement:
“The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us ‘God uses the simple things to confound the wise.’  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses.” 
-Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs is certainly not the only one who will always remember Ralph Stanley. His outstanding musical talents will always be around. CDX sends our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.