Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs will perform on “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Skaggs, a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, will be part of a star-studded lineup next week at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.” “What a joy it is to be back at the CMA Awards,” says Skaggs. “And to be included with so many of my heroes is very humbling.” Additional legendary performers include Alabama, Roy Clark, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and more. “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. It’s been a busy fall for Skaggs. He will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame tonight in Nashville and on Monday, October 31, he will be honored by ASCAP when he receives the organization’s prestigious Founders Award. About Ricky Skaggs Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, 11 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, three honorary Doctorate degrees, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2013 Artist-In-Residence, 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 newest 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 recently 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 continues to hit the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.rickyskaggs.com.
Ricky Skaggs Headlines 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights at the Ryman. Ricky Skaggs and The Whites will be helping to raise funds for the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment with special performances for the 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on December 6th. “It’s really great to be coming back to my favorite venue, the Ryman, to do our Skaggs Family Christmas show and especially getting to partner with Cumberland Heights. This will be a very special event that you won’t want to miss.” -Ricky Skaggs The event will be holiday themed title “A Skaggs Family Christmas” and will feature holiday classics and new Christmas music!
Ricky Skaggs Will Be Making Numerous National Appearances In The Coming Days In Support Of His New Album, Music To My Ears. Ricky Skaggs released his new Country and Bluegrass album, Music To My Ears, yesterday, his first new album in more than three years! In support of the album, Skaggs is set to make several TV and radio appearances in the coming days. Yesterday, September 25, he was on GAC’s “On The Streets,” CMT Radio and The Michael Berry Show. Today he was on The Steve Gill Show and will be on The Rusty Humphries Show (interview airs at various times depending on market – syndicated through Talk Radio Network). Tomorrow Skaggs will be on The Mike Huckabee Show (interview airs at various times depending on market – syndicated through Cumulus Media). Saturday, September 29, he will be on Crook & Chase (airs on syndicated affiliates at various times depending on market / re-airs Sunday, September 30 at 7:00 PM Eastern on RFD-TV). Next Saturday, October 6, Skaggs will appear on Fox News Channel LIVE at 12:00 PM Eastern, CMT “Insider” (airs at 12:00 PM Eastern / re-airs Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 PM) and American Country Countdown w/ Kix Brooks (Cumulus Media) air date to be announced Be sure and go and get your copy of Music To My Ears!
Ricky Skaggs Will Soon Celebrate His 30th Anniversary As A Grand Ole Opry Member! The Grand Ole Opry, presented by Humana, will honor one of the most awarded artists in country and bluegrass music. Ricky Skaggs will celebrate his 30th anniversary as an Opry member during the Tuesday Night Opry, May 15. The 14-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Opry on May 15, 1982. His milestone anniversary will be celebrated by performances by the honoree, fellow Opry members Alison Krauss, Josh Turner and The Whites, plus special guests Daily & Vincent. “Not unlike Ricky’s music, the list of artists lined up to honor him on May 15 is electric and award-winning. It’s going to be a night of great musicianship as we celebrate all that Ricky means to the Opry family.” – Opry Vice President and General Manager, Pete Fisher From Skaggs’ beginnings in bluegrass, he has gone on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country format, resulting in twelve #1 hits, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1985. Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums. His latest project, Country Hits Bluegrass Style, is exactly what its title suggests: Skaggs’ classic country hits offered up in fresh, new bluegrass form. With a career spanning over 50 years in music, he is currently working on an autobiography, has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame later this year, all while continuing to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music’s most sought after live performers.