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Bluegrass Today: Heart Wide Open - Kristi Stanley

Heart Wide Open – Kristi Stanley 

Posted on June 27, 2018 By Lee Zimmerman

It’s not often that a stomach virus can help inspire a song. In Kristi Stanley’s case, it was a bug that forced her to take to her bed while offering the opportunity to meditate on her mother’s memory. She drifted off to sleep and it was then that she says a melody suddenly came to her and woke her from her slumber. She jotted down the notes and all at once the feelings…

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Hills of Home Festival keeps Stanley Brothers legacy, family tradition alive  

Excerpt from Bristol Herald Courier


May 19, 2018 Updated May 20, 2018 

On stage with three generations of Stanleys: Ralph Stanley, II, 39, Jimmie Stanley, 78, and Ralph Stanley III, 12. 

TOM NETHERLAND | Special to the Herald Courier 

"When I sing," said Ralph Stanley II, standing at his father’s…

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Dan Carty benefit in Bristol this weekend 

Excerpt from Bluegrass Today  Posted on April 6, 2018 By John Curtis Goad 

The bluegrass community is coming together once again to help one of its own. Last fall, Dan Carty, a regionally-performing bluegrass musician who hails from the Bristol, TN/VA area, was diagnosed with malignant squamous cell cancer in his head and neck. Several surgeries, biopsies, scans, and daily treatments several hours from home in Knoxville, TN have left him with significant medical bills. To raise funds to support him…

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Kristi Stanley and her bluegrass band appear at Down Home 

Excerpt from Bristol Herald Courier   BY TOM NETHERLAND SPECIAL TO THE HERALD COURIER  Mar 30, 2018

Dolly Parton crawled into the ear of a young Kristi Stanley. 

Out came her will to sing. 

En route to a dream, Stanley leads her contemporary-edged bluegrass band Running Blind to Johnson City’s Down Home on Friday, March 30. New songs swathed in a new sound grace this singer with an old and hallowed name. 

“Starting out – and I’m just starting out with this, it’s tough being a woman in bluegrass,” said…

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Bluegrass Today: Kristi Stanley & Running Blind to Still Blue Entertainment 

Posted on February 12, 2018 By John Lawless

Kristi Stanley & Running Blind have announced their signing with Still Blue Entertainment for both publicity services and booking representation. 

Kristi, married to Ralph Stanley II, has been singing country and bluegrass music since she was in her teens. She sang with Dr. Ralph Stanley on his Clinch Mountain Sweethearts album when she was 18, but didn’t meet Ralph II until later when he was performing with his dad in Nashville. II saw her in the audience at a…

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On the brink of releasing her debut album with Union House Records, Kristi Stanley is proud to introduce the new band, RUNNING BLIND, that will be backing her on tour. Compiled from years of experience, high skill levels, and polished stage presence, there is no doubt that this group will do a fine job supporting Kristi’s powerful vocals.

Guitarist, as well as Kristi’s band-leader, Randy Blevins of Kingsport, TN is a self- taught musician, coming from a musical family learning to play bass and guitar at an…

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We are proud to announce that Kristi Stanley has been signed to Union House Records as their newest bluegrass recording artist. 

“I’m very excited to be a part of Union House Records and all of the people involved with my project have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and open minded to my production ideas and arrangements. The recording process has been an inspiration to me and offered a lot of insight to my own artistry, as well as growing my anticipation about the future and promoting these tracks

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