Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs is bringing his Country hits front-and-center at the 2018 CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will appear on the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium stage on Sunday, June 10, where he’ll perform many of the hit songs that made him famous.
“When I found out that I’m gonna be performing at CMA Music Fest this year, I was SO happy,” notes Skaggs. “I thought, WOW! Getting to play some fiery Bluegrass music in that huge stadium, in front of thousands of young Country music fans, this oughta be killer! But then as I read on I realized the CMA wants me to play my old Country hits from the 80’s and 90’s with a full Country band with drums, piano, pedal steel guitar, twin fiddles, and my red electric guitar with my amp cranked up! Sounds to me like they want some old school Country music. I’m really excited about that, but surely I can find a way to play some of that fiery Bluegrass too!”
Concertgoers can expect to hear Skaggs tear through many of his chart-topping songs including “Highway 40 Blues,” “Honey (Open That Door),” “Heartbroke,” “Country Boy,” and “Uncle Pen,” among others.
For ticket information, visit cmafest.com.
About Ricky Skaggs Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 12 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.
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