Part of Our 2023 Professional Show Series 

When I'm Gone

On the night Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys came to Fort Gay, the lives of two teenage musicians were changed forever. After arriving late to a New Year’s Eve gig at a local bar in 1969, Ralph Stanley hears fifteen-year-old Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley singing the songs he himself made famous with his deceased brother and singing partner, Carter. Ralph is so moved by their performance that he takes the two young musicians under his wing and on the road with him, jump-starting their professional music careers and setting them both on the path to world fame. The other people who came to the bar that New Year’s Eve may not have become celebrities. But that night had profound, life-changing consequences for everyone who saw Ralph Stanley play.

             April 14 & 15 at 7 PM

             April 16 at 3 PM


Written by Michael Ross Albert

Featuring Music by the Stanley Brothers