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Nashville, TN -- March 25, 2013 -- Don Rigsby’s life-long passion for the music of Dr. Ralph Stanley comes to full boil in his forthcoming album from Rebel Records, Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley. Rigsby salutes his chief inspiration with this new album which includes bluegrass and mountain music legend Ralph Stanley and the clinch Mountain Boys alumni as guest artists.
Stanley has been referred to as Dr. Ralph Stanley since receiving his honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University in 1976.
“I’m so proud of the tribute record that Don Rigsby has done for me,” says Stanley. “He has recorded some of my favorite material and brought new life to each song.”
Except for “The Mountain Doctor” (which Rigsby co-wrote with Larry Cordle, of “Murder on Music Row” fame), all the songs on the new album are ones Stanley recorded throughout his 67-year (and counting) career. Some are rare gems the Old Master seldom or never performed in his stage shows.
Adding zest to the project are appearances by Stanley and former Clinch Mountain Boys Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore and Steve Sparkman. Stanley’s lead guitarist, James Alan Shelton, plays on many of the 14 selections, as do such other prize-winning pickers as Ron Stewart and Barry Bales. Rigsby produced the album.
Barely out of the cradle when he became enthralled by the high mournful sounds issuing from his brother’s 8-track tape player, Rigsby was a mature six years old the day he met Stanley at a show in Ashland, Kentucky. It remains the musical highlight of his life.
Rigsby is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner of the SPBGMA’s Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year awards. He has performed and/or recorded with The Bluegrass Cardinals, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Lonesome River Band, Longview and Midnight Call. His credits also include five solo albums and two IBMA awards for producing Larry Sparks’ comeback album, 40. A graduate of Morehead State University, Rigsby was the first full-time director of that school’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
The first single from the album, “The Mountain Doctor,” will be made available for digital purchase as a special pre-album promotion next Tuesday, April 2 via iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other digital outlets. The full album Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley will be released May 21.
[by Luke Copping]
The early part of my career was one rooted in duality, I often felt like I was living the lives of two very separate photographers. I had one foot firmly planted in my previous hometown of Toronto, Canada, where I was shooting for small fashion labels and designers, creating portraits for musicians and actors, and creating beauty imagery for salons. At the same time I was also pursuing clients in my current home Buffalo, NY – geographically only about an hour and a half from Toronto – but market-wise they were different planets to me. In Buffalo my focus was on advertising and portraiture (especially in the local healthcare market) and on creating PR imagery for local companies and manufacturers.
Though my style has changed over the past few years (moving away from fashion and towards my current style of portraiture that unifies several of my creative directions – which I market on a national rather than local level) I learned quickly during that time that relevance was the key to being successful in both of these markets. I made the early mistake of trying to show that I could do everything – I took around a bloated portfolio and wasted a lot of potential client’s time by showing them work that was completely inappropriate for their needs. I had to pare it down, sharpen it up, and be very mindful of the fact that I was dealing with two radically different market segments that had very different wants and needs.
One of the first things I did was start to prepare supplementary collections of work for each client to accompany my leaner and more specific portfolios – that way I could, on a moments notice, provide clients with examples of work that were extremely relevant to their immediate projects. The same became true of promotions and other marketing materials as I moved forward, and a key question I asked myself when selecting images for portfolios and promos was “Who is this relevant to?”.
The funny thing is that these constraints, rather than limiting me, actually provided a catalyst that pushed me towards the type of work I am doing now. I found my commercial work being more and more informed by my style and fashion work (and vice versa). Soon, I was able to use my existing base of clients (who I was producing relevant work for) to test this new style I was developing. Even when the new work wasn’t the proper fit for them, they were still excited to see the new look I was working with and often provided references to potential clients with a more relevant need.
Luke Copping is a commercial and editorial portrait photographer from Buffalo NY who made the Jeckyl and Hyde like curse of his dual photographic lives work for him.
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