2021 marks the 75th Anniversary of The Clinch Mountain Boys, and we are excited and pleased to carry on the Clinch Mountain style of music. Ralph 11 , began working professionally for his legendary father, Dr. Ralph Stanley, in 1995 and has fronted The Clinch Mountain Boys since his passing in 2016. Grammy Award-winning artist Ralph Stanley 11 & The Clinch Mountain Boys released their Stanley Family Records, Billboard chart-topping album ‘Lord Help Me Find The Way’ in 2019. This bluegrass Gospel project followed the self-titled album in 2017 that was the first release for the group since Ralph II took over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name per the wishes of his late father Dr. Ralph Stanley. With three #1 singles in his career; including, the 2019 hit “Beautiful Hills of Home,” R2 is in heavy radio rotation across the country and on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction saellite radio. The band lineup includes Stanley Efaw on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Landon Fitzpatrick on banjo and vocals; Randall Hibbitts on the upright bass and vocals; Caleb Shifflett on guitar and vocals; and Ralph Stanley II on the guitar and lead vocals. This band configuration brings a lot of talent, energy and humor to the stage as they perform old-time favorites, bluegrass hits and new original material. Ralph II has had two Grammy nominations on previous albums he recorded with Rebel Records. In 2002 he earned his first Grammy along with his father Dr. Ralph Stanley for their collaboration with Jim Lauderdale on ‘Lost in the Lonesome Pines.’ Ralph 11 has proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has 6 solo albums under his belt, along with the highly acclaimed duet album with his father titled ‘Side by Side.’ Playing more than 200 shows a year, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are an audience favorite at festivals, clubs, arenas, amphitheaters, country fairs and wherever the blue bus might take ’em!
“The self-titled Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys album of two years ago was prime, hardcore bluegrass, the Clinch Mountain sound on full display. Their new release, a bluegrass gospel effort entitled Lord Help Me Find the Way is as strong, limited in scope naturally to the sacred side of life, but no less a powerful and contemporary interpretation of the family-sound as listeners could desire.”
DONALD TEPLYSKE, FERVOR COULEE