Eastern Kentucky artist scheduled to make Opry debut, honor bluegrass legend

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT)- Legendary bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley died more than a year ago but his legacy lives on.

Later this month, a tribute for Stanley will be held at the Grand Ole Opry.

A number of artists will perform at the tribute, including an Eastern Kentucky singer who will make his Opry debut at the event.

Music made a strong impression on Anthony Jones when he was young and playing at the Opry became a dream of his. So when he was asked to perform there, he was excited.

While he is excited about performing at the Opry, Jones said the fact that he gets to help honor Stanley makes it even more special.

"That was my goal...to play the Grand Ole Opry," said Jones. "Now it's here. Of course, we are honoring Dr. Ralph Stanley and that's a huge honor. Huge honor."

Stanley's family said he deserves to be honored. They also said it's nice to know new artists still look up to him.

"My Dad really deserves that and he did a lot for the music business," said Ralph Stanley II. "He did a lot for young artists all the way through. He gave a lot of people their starts."

With his dream coming true, Jones can't help but feel thankful.

"He was a big influence," said Jones. "A huge hero of mine and I get the privilege to honor him."

The tribute to Dr. Ralph Stanley at the Grand Ole Opry will take place on October 19.

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