RICKY SKAGGS and Kentucky Thunder


A life full of music. That's the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age twenty-one, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms! Skaggs' career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, but he's always kept his musical roots intact.

In the estimation of many, Skaggs is without peer as a combination vocalist and instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo). After playing with Ralph Stanley for three years, he moved on to progressive bluegrass bands the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South. With his own band, Boone Creek, he mixed the old and the new, even referencing the swinging Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. Skaggs took Rodney Crowell's place in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band in 1977, and the band's excellent Roses in the Snow album showcased Skaggs' versatility. Two number one hits came out of his 1981 album Waitin' for the Sun to Shine, and the awards started arriving. Skaggs is largely responsible for a back-to-basics movement in country music, showing many that a bluegrass tenor with impeccable taste and enormous talent could sell traditional country in the '80s, a time when pop music had invaded the land of rural rhythm.

This 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label (Bluegrass Rules! in 1998, Ancient Tones in 1999, History of the Future in 2001, Soldier of the Cross, Live at the Charleston Music Hall, and Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 2003, Brand New Strings in 2005, Instrumentals in 2007, Salt of the Earth with The Whites in 2008, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 in 2009 and Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved along with Mosaic in 2010), the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.

Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, in Nashville TN, on October 26, 2016.

"a legend of the genre… the best bluegrass has to offer." – Seattle Times

"pillar of American roots music "– Boston Globe

“there was thunder in the music. Flashes of lightning. Songs that voiced the storms of heart and mind. Skaggs is that good, and so is this band… cascading, hyperspeed leads.” – Chicago Tribune

“there isn’t much in contemporary music as dazzling as bluegrass, especially when Mr. Skaggs is involved.” – Wall Street Journal

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Show Dates & Times:

1/14/17 - Saturday

7:30 pm,

$55/Advance, $60/Day of Show. Handling fee applies to online and phone ticket purchases.

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