Here’s some Ralph Stanley news from Rebel Records:
Rebel recording artist Dr. Ralph Stanley has received a Grammy nomination in the Best Bluegrass Album category for his recent gospel release A Mother’s Prayer, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced last night. The nomination is Stanley’s fourth.
This album is me—it’s what I’m all about. I’m honored that the Grammy voters recognized my work. Of the hundreds of albums I’ve recorded, I count this as one of the best – Ralph Stanley.
A Mother’s Prayer was coordinated by Rebel Records’ Mark Freeman and produced by Ralph Stanley II (a Grammy winner himself). The project was already spotlighted earlier this year when the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded music scholar Colin Escott the Best Liner Notes prize for his work on the album.
Stanley’s association with Rebel Records spans more than 40 years, and A Mother’s Prayer is his 33rd recording on the label. The project features a mix of classic and traditional gospel songs along with some newer material, including the title track which was written by Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and noted bluegrass musician and songwriter Ronnie Bowman.
Former Rebel recording artist The Steep Canyon Rangers received a nod leading up to this year’s awards as well. Their collaboration with Steve Martin, Rare Bird Alert, was also nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. The Rangers, IBMA’s Emerging Artist of The Year in 2006, recorded four albums for Rebel.
Grammy winners will be announced during a CBS-TV special on 12th February 2012.
A Mother’s Prayer (Rebel 1840) is distributed by Entertainment One (eOne) Distribution.
Dr. Ralph Stanley is an American icon and cultural treasure. He was among the first generation of bluegrass music and architect of a branch of bluegrass that drew on ancient mountain folk traditions. His new gospel album A Mother’s Prayer captures this artist at the peak of his wisdom and artistic power.