Moonstruck Signs Ralph Stanley

by | 14 Feb, 2013

Ralph Stanley and MoonstruckGrand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy-winner Ralph Stanley has signed to Moonstruck Management for management and booking.

Headed by Josh Trivett and Peter Keiser, Moonstruck has a client roster that also includes Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, among other award-winning groups.

Peter and I are honored to work with the great Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. I grew up on Dr. Ralph’s music and have been a huge fan since I was a boy in Bristol, Tennessee. There was just something magical about the sound and style of his banjo playing and his lonesome mountain vocals that captivated my heart and still lives in me today. His music has been revered for over 65 years, and we have several exciting plans to honor and celebrate the great music and life of this international music legend – Josh Trivett.

Moonstruck Management focuses on country and bluegrass music and incorporates artist development, management, growth and booking into one controlled business. Peter Keiser comes from a successful and forward-thinking background as Vice President of Marketing for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores restaurant chain. During his tenure there, Keiser developed a thriving music program that showcased artists through co-branded products that were marketed and sold only at Cracker Barrel.

Josh Trivett comes from outside the music industry with a background of 13 years in professional golf as a tour player, National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Tour Operations at two successful golf club companies. After his departure from the golf industry, Trivett stepped into the music business by managing and increasing the worldwide visibility of bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Starting out in 1946 with his older brother Carter, Ralph Stanley imparted the high, forlorn mountain sound to the Stanley Brothers’ repertoire.  After Carter’s death in 1966, Stanley carried on both the name and tradition, enlisting into the Clinch Mountain Boys such future bluegrass and country stars as Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Charlie Sizemore.

As a consequence of recording more than 200 albums and performing tens of thousands of shows around the world, Stanley was already an icon when the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett spotlighted him in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? movie and soundtrack album—an album that has now sold more than seven million copies.  His crucial part in the album earned him Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Album of the Year Grammys.  He subsequently shared a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy with the Clinch Mountain Boys and Jim Lauderdale.  Stanley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000, the first new member of the 21st Century.

Ralph Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University.