It was announced last night that Ralph Stanley, one of the most influential artists in the Bluegrass genre, died at 89 of skin cancer.
Stanley began his career after World War II with his brother Carter, and he enjoyed success in the industry until his farewell tour in 2014.
You may remember a few of his songs from the popular soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou:
CNN has a nice obit here:
Stanley was already famous in bluegrass and roots music circles when the 2000 hit movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” thrust him into the mainstream. He provided a haunting a cappella version of the dirge “O Death” and ended up winning a Grammy. […] Stanley was a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry and was presented a “Living Legend” award by the Library of Congress in 2000.
Rest in peace, Dr. Stanley. May God bear you away on His snow-white wings to your immortal home.
For more of Ralph Stanley’s music, check out this Youtube page.