Ralph Stanley Record Due June 11

Release of Ralph Stanley’s new self-titled album for newly established DMZ Records is now set for June 11. The set features Stanley with a “string quartet” including Norman Blake, Mike Compton, Stuart Duncan and Dennis Crouch. DMZ Records is a joint venture between T Bone Burnett (producer of Stanley’s record), filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen and the Columbia Records Group. The board of advisors includes musicians Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Bono (of U2) and filmmakers the Coen brothers, Callie Khouri, Sam Shepherd and Wim Wenders. Burnett calls DMZ a “musician-centric label” dedicated to making “music that is good, music that will become traditional American music.” 03/25/02