Appalachia's Ralph Stanley a Grammy contender

COEBURN, Va. (AP) - The master of Appalachian mountain music, Ralph Stanley, is in the running for a fourth Grammy.

The nomination announced this week is for "A Mother's Prayer," a collection of Appalachian spirituals. The 84-year-old Stanley says of the hundreds of albums he's recorded, he considers this one of his best.

Stanley won two Grammys in 2002 for the work that earned him a national following. He won for his role in the album of the year from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and took home another to southwest Virginia as best male country vocal performance.

Stanley is marking his 40th year as a recording artist.


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