In 2015, The Mars Theatre in Springfield hosted one of America’s most unique and influential performers, Dr. Ralph Stanley. The musical icon passed away in 2016 and his grandson, Nathan Stanley, has put together a loving tribute to his grandfather’s work and legacy, bringing the classic songs back to the historic stage.
Nathan made his Grand Ole Opry and musical debut when he was just two years old, playing the spoons with The Clinch Mountain Boys. In 2007, he became the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in his grandfather’s legendary band.
That impressive first gig paved the way for a stellar music career for Nathan, leading him to record with Brad Paisley, George Jones, Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless, and more. He’s recorded eight solo albums, merging bluegrass and gospel to create a faith-inspired sound.
Nathan’s work has earned him many accolades; his single “White Dove” hit #1 on the Inspirational Country Music charts in 2011, and his record My Kind of Country was named Classic Country Album of the Year by The National Traditional Country Music Association. In 2014, the album Every Mile earned Nathan a GMA Dove Award nomination and took home the award for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
His concert at The Mars Theatre will highlight favorite songs and memories from Dr. Ralph Stanley’s storied career.
Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m., $20 via marstheatre.com, all-ages