Sierra Remembers Ralph Stanley


"Ralph Stanley. There will never be another. The epitome of lonesome singing.

I had the chance to be on the Great High Mountain Tour alongside Ralph and his band for an entire summer when I was 12 years old. This tour included SO many of my heroes, but what I remember most about those shows is that every night Ralph would hit the stage to play clawhammer banjo on 'Rocky Island'. He would always throw me his rhinestone jacket to catch from the side of the stage and I would put it on and myself, my brother, Buck White and others would dance away as Ralph played the banjo! It was also during this time that Ralph had a concert to play during one of the tour breaks. His mandolin player couldn't make it, so he asked me to fill in. My parents drove me to McMinnville, TN to sit in as a "Clinch Mountain Boy". I dressed like the band and everything. It was a pretty epic experience!

I'll always treasure those early memories of being around Ralph and especially this last time I got to share the stage with him. Last summer, I was lucky enough to have Ralph join myself, Justin Moses, Ethan Jodziewicz andBéla Fleck on stage in California for one of his best known songs, "Rank Stranger".

RIP, Ralph. We'll always be grateful for your Mountain Music." - SIERRA

WATCH VIDEO: Sierra joined by Béla Fleck & Ralph Stanley during her set at Huck Finn Jubilee Festival in California for one of Ralph's last appearances in 2015.