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CPL Foundation Presents A Life of Sorrow

June 9 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The Chattanooga Public Library Foundation invites you to a social event with a special performance by Gary Reid. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Foundation and how they support the Library’s mission.

The event features refreshments, talks, and a special performance by Gary Reid at 6:20 pm.

A Life of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley is a one-man show by actor and musician Gary Reid. Reid uses a mix of storytelling and music to bring to life the saga of an Appalachian Mountain Music Treasure, Carter Stanley. 

For the uninitiated, Carter Stanley was an expressive singer and songwriter.  As the front man for the legendary Stanley Brothers duo, he spent the best 20 years of his life pounding the pavement to take his gift to anyone who would listen.  By 1966, he was tired.  But… he had a story to tell!

In addition to his theatrical endeavors, Reid is also a published author.  After many years of research, his book The Music of the Stanley Brothers is now available!  It traces Carter and Ralph Stanley’s prolific 20-year recording history.  Also noteworthy is Reid’s work with Fred Bartenstein on The Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies book which earned a 2015 ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. For his work on both publications, Reid was the 2015 recipient for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Print/Media Person of the Year award.


June 9
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Downtown Library
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402 United States
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Age Group
Adults, Older Adults
Event Location
Downtown Library
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