Skaggs joins IBMA fest lineup
Monday, June 27, 2016
– Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder were added to the lineup of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in late September in Raleigh, N.C. as part of the IBMA's World of Bluegrass events.
Alice Gerrard will join previously announced Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as a special guest Friday night and Symphony of the Mountains joins previously announced Kruger Brothers on Saturday, Oct. 1
Wide Open Bluegrass is an urban bluegrass event that includes both ticketed and free stages.
The Wide Open Bluegrass Red Hat Amphitheater line-up:
Friday, Sept. 30
Dailey & Vincent
<ΒΡ> Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Peter Rowan Band.
<ΒΡ> Soggy Bottom Boys
<Π>Saturday, October 1
Becky Buller Band
<ΒΡ> Greensky Bluegrass
John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Del McCoury Band
The Kruger Brothers
Music To My Ears
Ricky Skaggs celebrated his 50th anniversary of playing music with his last album, which featured bluegrass versions of hits from his country music career. At this point, Skaggs is solidly entrenched in the bluegrass side of things, and if one counts his time with Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, he has probably played bluegrass longer than he did country, making this latest disc true to its title when it comes to Skaggs' fans.
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A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two
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There is an even balance between new and old Christmas songs represented on this collection. There's the pretty new ballad What Songs Were Sung, which wonders out loud the tunes performed »»»
Country Hits, Bluegrass Style
The musical journey of Ricky Skaggs has been a long one, from his younger days in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys to chart-topping success in country music during the 1980's and back to the bluegrass world on his own family-run label. That relative autonomy has allowed Skaggs to explore various themes such as gospel music and now a return of sorts to his country material.
The concept here is pretty simple, and it's spelled out in the album title; all of the songs here were »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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