By Ashley Stewart Herald Writer
The three-day Darrington Bluegrass Festival kicks off Friday night, drawing bluegrass acts from around the country.
Ralph Stanley II, son of bluegrass legend “Dr. Ralph Stanley,” headlines the festival.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” Stanley said. “I understand it’s a great festival. I haven’t been but I’ve heard about it and we’re real excited.”
Stanley has traveled with his father on and off from the time he was 2 years old. He sang and played guitar in his dad’s band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, until he started touring solo five years ago.
John Rigbsy, a fidder and mandolin player from Kentucky, has toured with Stanley for more than four years.
“He’s a former Clinch Mountain boy as well,” Stanley said. “He’s worked with my dad for nine or 10 years and I’d already had a little history with him, so he joined the band.”
Alex Learch and Eddy Lovelace has been a part of the band for about eight months. Learch plays banjo and some guitar and Lovelace plays the upright base.
Stanley and his band will play shows at 5 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
He’ll bring along copies of his solo album and a collaboration album he did with his dad.
The festival lineup includes Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, and the Chapmans.
Tickets are $55 for all three days,plus $35 for camping per RV or tent, cash only. Walk-in tickets are $20 from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, $25 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and $20 Sunday. The festival is free for kids 12 and younger with an adult.
Call 360-436-1006 for ticket information.
The festival is at Darrington Bluegrass Music Park on Highway 530. To get there, head north on I-5, take exit 208 and head east on Highway 530 for about 30 miles. The park is marked with signs.
For more information, call 360-436-1179 or visit www.darringtonbluegrassfestival.com.
Ashley Stewart; 425-339-3037; firstname.lastname@example.org.