Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at The Harvester
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
A life full of music is the story of Ricky Skaggs. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 15-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence, 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. 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’ passion for music 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. He is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit harvester-music.com or call 540-484-8277 (GUITARS).