About KING RECORDS MONTH:
This September marks the 72nd anniversary of the first songs recorded for the Cincinnati label, King Records. In September 1943 Syd Nathan convinced two WLW radio performers, Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis, to go along with his latest brainstorm – a record company based in Cincinnati. This four-song session would lead to King Records producing nearly 30 years of music in all genres while based out of the Queen City. September will be a month long celebration, honoring the founding of Syd’s company, and its contribution to American music, with events planned for every weekend. Over 22 events (mostly free) include concerts, displays, author visits, plays, album listening parties, radio shows, and even a chance to buy your own King vinyl or compact discs at a discounted price.
On Sunday, September 13:
6:00 – 7:30 | Theatrical Performance – A Life of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley
The North Carolina Stage Company is presenting performances of a one-man play called A Life of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley. As the title implies, it’s a program that pays tribute to an Appalachian music legend. As one half of the Stanley Brothers duo, Carter helped lay the foundation for what is today known an as bluegrass music.
With his brother, famed Appalachian performer Ralph Stanley, he fronted a bluegrass-styled band from 1946 until his untimely passing at the age of 41 in 1966. As the Stanley Brothers, they were the second professional band to perform the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass. Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass, once called Carter Stanley the “best natural lead singer” he’d ever heard. Carter played the music, he wrote the songs, and he self-destructed.
Gone from the music scene for nearly 50 years, A Life of Sorrow gives today’s audiences a chance to connect with a bluegrass legend as he recounts highlights from his life and career, including childhood days on the family farm, old-time musicians who influenced him, his songwriting, struggles with alcohol, stories from life on the road, and his admiration for Bill Monroe.
A Life of Sorrow is the creation of Roanoke, Virginia, actor Gary Reid. In 2009, he conceived the idea of putting together a one-man show about Carter Stanley. To that end, he took two semesters of acting at Virginia Western Community College and has since appeared in more than 60 productions and events at regional community theatres as an actor, producer, and stage manager and has appeared in several short films and commercials.
His work in other productions has been touted for “inspired performances” and that “standouts include… Gary Reid for his quietly effective portrayal…” This past April, he won second place at the Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival in Fincastle, Virginia.
A bluegrass enthusiast and historian for over 40 years, he is regarded as the foremost authority on the music of the Stanley Brothers. After many years of research, his book, The Music of the Stanley Brothers is now available! It traces the duo’s prolific 20-year recording history. In connection with his Cincinnati performance of A Life of Sorrow, Reid will be giving a talk on the book on Sundayat 1:30 at the Cincinnati library. He also co-authored the recently-released Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies and is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Best Liner Notes.
For further info, contact Gary Reid: (540) 982-6900, [email protected]
8:00–10:30 | My Brother’s Keeper
Growing up together, and surrounded by music, My Brother’s Keeper has played music together for years, but not under this official band name. MBK was raised on the genres of Folk, Bluegrass, and Gospel, so the growing popularity of Folk music opened a door for MBK to take the music they love to eager audiences. However, MBK does not limit themselves musically, influenced by bands of many different genres and backgrounds. MBK strives to seek inspiration anywhere and use it in an original manner. MBK consists of brothers Benjamin, Titus, and Joshua Luckhaupt on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle respectively. Wyatt “Sawmill” Murray completes this ensemble on the upright bass. With original music that draws inspiration from Bluegrass, Rock and everything in between, MBK strives to be unique as well as listenable. MBK features tight, four part harmonies, rock driven lead vocals, blazing solos, and complex and interlaced musical interludes. In an effort to be unique and open minded, and bring a fresh blend of Bluegrass to new audiences, My Brother’s Keeper has presented itself as one of the fastest rising Bluegrass bands on the scene of Cincinnati music.