Beckley Concert Association is offering two of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands of all time to end their 74th season of presenting outstanding music to the community.
The Seldom Scene
The Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Md. When bluegrass reached a second peak in the early 1970s, the musical style of Seldom Scene was particularly popular. Their weekly shows included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classic pop.
The band consists of Dudley Connell (guitar/ lead and baritone
vocals), Ben Eldridge (banjo and scat singing), Lou Reid (mandolin/lead and tenor vocals), Fred Travers (dobro/lead and tenor vocals), and
Ronnie Simpkins (bass/baritone vocals).
Seldom Scene continues to excel in the bluegrass scene and has received critical acclaim for their work. Their latest CD, “Scenechronized,” recorded in 2007, was nominated for a Grammy award. The group has performed at the White House many times, and continues to tour the world, garnering the moniker “America’s Bluegrass Band.”
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
For over six decades, Dr. Ralph Stanley has been one of the most influential artists in Bluegrass music. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Va., Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946 along with older brother Carter Stanley he formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in country music history.
The Clinch Mountain Boys live in scattered mountain communities in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. They meet up in Coeburn, where their tour bus is parked and head out on the road. Their typical work week starts Wednesday or Thursday and wraps up Sunday, when they normally head home for a couple days of well-deserved rest before starting out over again.
BCA is able to bring this concert and open rehearsal to the community through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF). The grant and tour are part of the America Masterpieces program of the Foundation.