On Friday, February 5th, Gary Reid will perform “A Life of Sorrow: the Life and Times of Carter Stanley” at Yuma County Libraries.
“As one-half of the legendary Stanley Brothers duo, Carter Stanley helped lay the foundations for what is known today as bluegrass music. Along with his brother, famed Appalachian musician Ralph Stanley, he traveled for 20 years, during which time he appeared in 42 states, 7 foreign countries, wrote 150 songs, and made over 300 recordings. “A Life of Sorrow” celebrates Carter’s early childhood days on the family farm in rural southwestern Virginia; recalls his admiration for the old-time musicians who influenced him; and lays bare his jealousies and insecurities as well as his struggles with alcohol that eventually cut short his life at the age of 41 in 1966.”
The one-man play contains 70 minutes of performance material including live music, a 15-minute intermission, and a question and answer session. There is no charge to attend.
Friday, February 5th @ 10:30 a.m.
13226 E South Frontage Road Yuma, AZ
Friday, February 5th @ 2:30 p.m.
2951 S 21st Drive Yuma, AZ
Gary Reid has over 40 years of experience as a performer, producer, writer, and historian of bluegrass and old-time music. He is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Best Liner notes and the 2015 recipient for the Print/Media Person of the Year award. He has published two books, The Music of the Stanley Brothers (University of Illinois Press) and The Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies (co-written with Fred Bartenstein and the recipient of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research). He has been involved in over 60 community theatre events, short films, and commercials as an actor, stage manager, and producer. In April 2015, Gary placed second at the Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival in Fincastle, Virginia.