Watch Alison Krauss and Friends Tribute Ralph Stanley at the 2016 Americana Music Awards [Exclusive Video]
An Austin City Limits special featuring select moments from the 2016 Americana Music Awards will premiere on Saturday night (Nov. 19), but in advance of the TV special, The Boot's readers can see one of the show's highlights: Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Melonie Cannon and Stuart Duncan's tribute to the late Ralph Stanley.
Krauss and company opened the 2016 Americana Music Awards with a stunning a cappella version of Stanley's "Gloryland." Alone at center stage, under low lights, the four artists surrounded a single microphone and harmonized on the song.
"We’ll need no sun in Gloryland / The moon and stars won’t shine / For Christ himself is light up there / He reigns of love divine," the quartet sings. "Then weep not, friends / I'm going home / Up there, we'll die no more / No coffins will be made up there / No graves on that bright shore."
Readers can press play on the video above to watch Krauss, Miller, Cannon and Duncan's performance.
Stanley, the iconic singer and banjo player credited with developing the “Stanley Style” of banjo playing, passed away on June 23, at the age of 89, due to difficulties from skin cancer. Throughout his career, he received numerous accolades, including an honorary Doctorate of Music; induction into the International Music Bluegrass Hall of Honor and the Grand Ole Opry; and a Grammy for one of his contributions to O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Americana Music Association handed out its annual awards on Sept. 21. Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton were among the evening’s big winners, and in addition to the Stanley tribute, the show included performances by Margo Price, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait and Jim Lauderdale, among others.
On Saturday, ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 is set to debut on PBS at 9PM ET; the special will also be available on the ACL website for a limited time.
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