Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Sun, March 25, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$37.00 - $47.00

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will play The Kent Stage on Sunday, March 25. The show will complete the venue’s 16th Anniversary Weekend, joining concerts by the Dixie Dregs and the Zombies.

Skaggs is a fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner whose career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited him with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres and artistic journeys, while still leaving his bluegrass roots intact.

Skaggs struck his first chords on a mandolin more than 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the roots revival in music. His passion puts him in the position to bring the lively, distinctively American form of music into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world.

Gold Circle tickets are $47 and reserved seats are $37. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

“Ricky Skaggs is perfect fit to close out the 16th Anniversary Weekend of The Kent Stage,” said operator Tom Simpson. “With the Dixie Dregs and the Zombies, I think the weekend demonstrates the depth of our commitment to bring a diverse array of first-rate musical talent to Northeast Ohio.”

More about Ricky
Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.
Born July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs showed signs of future stardom at an early age, playing mandolin on stage with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe at 6 and appearing on TV with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs at 7. He emerged as a professional bluegrass musician in 1971, when he and his friend Keith Whitley were invited to join the legendary Ralph Stanley’s band the Clinch Mountain Boys.
Skaggs then went on to record and perform with progressive bluegrass acts like the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South, whose self-titled 1975 Rounder Records debut album was instantly recognized as a landmark bluegrass achievement. He then led Boone Creek, which also featured Dobro ace and fellow New South alumnus Jerry Douglas.
But Skaggs turned to the more mainstream country music genre in the late ‘70s when he joined Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, replacing Rodney Crowell. He became a recording artist in his own right in 1981 when his Epic label debut album Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine topped the country charts and yielded a pair of #1 hits. Overall, his productive stay at Epic Records would result in a total of 12 #1 hits. Additionally, he garnered eight Country Music Association Awards--including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1985.
Skaggs, of course, fit right in with young “new-traditionalist” ‘80s artists like Randy Travis, and helped rejuvenate the country music genre after the worn-out “Urban Cowboy” period. But, Skaggs put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound.
Skaggs’ 1997 album Bluegrass Rules!, released on his newly-formed Skaggs Family Records label, marked a triumphant return to bluegrass—which he’s solidified ever since with a series of GRAMMY® Award winning albums, recorded with his amazing bluegrass band, Kentucky Thunder (8-time winners of the IBMA ‘Instrumental Group of the Year’). Skaggs’ label has also served as a home for similar bluegrass and roots music-oriented artists including Cherryholmes and The Whites.
Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. Clearly his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/