Stanley Recovering From Surgery

Ralph Stanley was recovering in a Nashville hospital after triple-bypass surgery June 27th. The bluegrass legend is expected to make a full recovery.

“It went as planned and everything seems to be going well,” publicist Norma Morris said after talking to members of Stanley’s family.

The 78-year-old banjo player has a full touring schedule coming up, beginning July 14th in Mineral, Va., with dates through August 2006. Only four scheduled shows – July 1st, 2nd, 23rd and 30th – have been canceled or postponed.

Because Stanley has not had a heart attack, his prognosis is good.

Accompanied by the Clinch Mountain Boys, Stanley and his late brother Carter recorded in the 1950s and ’60s. Ralph has lent his skills to more than 170 albums.

He won a Grammy for his a capella performance of “Oh Death” for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

He has been a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2000.