Free Show at Central Library Celebrates Life & Music of Bluegrass Legend Carter Stanley

Event created by Massanutten Regional Library

With song and story, Gary Reid becomes Carter Stanley and transports his audience to the earliest days of bluegrass music in his one-man show, A Life of Sorrow: The Life and Legend of Carter Stanley.

This theatrical production will be presented on Monday, July 2 at 6:30 pm at Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg. The show is suitable for all audiences, and is free and open to everyone.

Performed by award winning actor and musician Gary Reid, A Life of Sorrow is a one-man play with music about a mountain music legend. Along with his brother, famed Appalachian mountain banjoist Ralph Stanley, Carter Stanley helped lay the foundations for what is today known as bluegrass music.

The 70-minute performance touches on Stanley’s childhood days on the family farm, the respect he had for old-time musicians that he knew and their influence on him, his jealousies and insecurities, his admiration for Bill Monroe, and the struggles with alcohol that eventually cut short his life at the age of 41 in 1966.

This mesmerizing performance affords today’s audiences a chance to connect with a bluegrass treasure as “he” tells the story of his life in old-time mountain music.

About Gary Reid:
Gary Reid is a Roanoke-based storyteller, bluegrass veteran, and the foremost authority on the Stanley Brothers. He conceived and wrote A Life of Sorrow, which had its first performance in September 2014. Since then, Reid has toured and performed the show more than 70 times in fifteen States as well as Canada.

About Massanutten Regional Library:
Massanutten Regional Library serves the residents of the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham and Page Counties, with branches located in Bridgewater, Broadway, Elkton, Grottoes, Harrisonburg, Luray and the town of Shenandoah. Library patrons have access to over 297,000 books, dvds, audiobooks, ebooks, online learning and research tools, and other resources. Residents can obtain a free library card by visiting their local MRL branch.