West Virginia University Arts & Entertainment is bringing American icon Ralph Stanley to perform at Morgantown’s Metropolitan Theatre Friday, Feb. 15. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000.

For more than 60 years, Ralph Stanley has come to define the art of bluegrass. In 1946, Stanley began his incredible music career with his brother Carter in the legendary Stanley Brothers Duo. For 20 years, they entertained audiences with an impressive catalog of songs, including “Angel Band,” “Rank Strangers,” “Little Maggie” and the famed “Man Of Constant Sorrow.” That collaboration ended after Carter’s sudden death. Ralph was disheartened and discouraged with his brother’s death but with his faith in God and the support of his family, friends and fans, Ralph pressed on.

Some of country and bluegrass music’s biggest stars have come from Stanley’s band The Clinch Mountain Boys, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and Keith Whitley. Stanley’s career has long been recognized by critics and awards. In 1976 he received an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.; in 1984, Stanley was awarded the “National Heritage Award” by President Ronald Reagan; in 1992 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor; and in 2000 he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

It was in 2002, however, that he would receive his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” In 2006 He received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National Medal of Arts given by President George W. Bush.

In 2011, he released the two-volume “Old Songs & Ballads,” which reached 12 and 14 on the Top Bluegrass Albums, respectively. Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still entertaining audiences, playing 100-plus dates per year.

Showtime in Morgantown is set for 7:30 p.m. at Morgantown’s Metropolitan Theatre. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 16 for $29. WVU student tickets are $19 with a valid WVU ID at the campus box offices (one discounted ticket per valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000. For venue and parking information, visit us online at http://events.wvu.edu.

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