Celebrate Stanley Walker Day
In honor of Grand Rivers native and musical talent Stanley Walker, Sunday, June 26, 2016 will be celebrated with a concert by Stanley and friends at the Badgett Playhouse. The concert is free, but donations will be collected for Kosair Charities. Kosair Charities’ mission is to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for clinical services, research, pediatric healthcare education, and child advocacy.
Stanley was born in Grand Rivers and started playing guitar when he was only five years old. Growing up, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry and dreamed of being there. In 1969, his dream came true when he played behind Jean Shepard. Stanley’s sound is different from any other guitarist because he tunes his guitar to straight E rather than natural tuning. His early playing resembled single string Ernest Tubb songs.
Stanley played lead guitar for Ray Smith and the Rock and Roll Boys from 1956 to 1969. With rockabilly enthusiasts, Ray is revered for his five singles released on Sun Records. Stanley played on all of Smith’s songs cut at Sun.
Stanley’s career highlights also included appearances on Hee Haw, solo recordings, and backing artists including Roy Clark, Lefty Frizzell, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Stanley has produced four country albums and was recognized in Billboard Magazine for the singles, ‘Old Easy Loving & He Ain’t Easy Anymore. Stanley was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2008.
Since their founding in 1923, Kosair Charities has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children by providing the highest quality health care for those who have nowhere else to turn. Through support from generous donors, children who have no other source of help receive the medical attention they desperately need and deserve. The true impact of Kosair Charities is seen in the innocent young lives that have been changes.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26 at 2:00p.m. at the Badgett Playhouse. Join Grand Rivers as they celebrate Stanley, support a great cause, and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. Sponsors for this event include Grand Rivers Tourism Commission, WCCK Radio Calvert and the Badgett Playhouse Theater.