October 10, 2005
Nashville, TN - On Sunday, October 9,Virginia’s Lt. Governor Tim Kaine presented a proclamation on Governor Mark Warner’s behalf to Dr. Ralph Stanley, a native Virginian, in honor of his life and work as a pioneering traditional country music artist.
The presentation was made at the National Folk Festival in Richmond, an annual three-day traditional arts event with approximately 100,000 people attending.
“Dr. Stanley has been a friend, a supporter, and an incredible ambassador for Virginia, specifically for our Appalachian region. This may not compare to a Grammy award or the museum named in his honor, but I hope this proclamation will reiterate Virginia’s pride and appreciation for a legendary musician who has helped shape the musical landscape of our Commonwealth and our country,” said Governor Warner.
Dr. Stanley was born in and still makes his home in Dickenson County in Southwest Virginia. He is a traditional country music pioneer who has released or performed on more than 200 albums and has won three Grammy Awards. On October 15, 2004, Governor Warner joined Dr. Stanley and other state and local leaders to officially open the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center in Clintwood, Virginia. The museum is an anchor on The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.