Ralph Stanley is to be presented with the Governor’s Award for the Arts on 17th Sept this year. The award will be presented at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The 81-year-old singer, banjo player and songwriter is the only musician among the 10 winners announced on the 5th Aug. by Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine.
The awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in the arts. The award calls attention to the creative spirit that contributes to the quality of life throughout the Commonwealth.
The following is taken from the awards list from the Governor’s website:
Ralph Stanley of Clintwood – Stanley is recognized worldwide for his unique style of banjo playing. He formed the Clinch Mountain Boys which became one of the most celebrated bluegrass groups in the world.
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