Ricky Skaggs was recently invited to spend some quality time with Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum staffers at a private luncheon held in the CMA Theatre in Nashville. The event was organized by museum officials to celebrate Skaggs' upcoming induction into the famed institution.
"It was so kind of the Hall of Fame to have a luncheon in my honor," says Skaggs. "We had such a good time. I started telling them old Bill Monroe stories, one after the other, and they went for over an hour. I'm so honored to be the newest living inductee into this hallowed Hall. It's a dream come true for me."
Later this year, Skaggs will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside the late Dottie West and the late Johnny Gimble. In the meantime, the country and bluegrass legend is keeping the tour trail red hot. Next week, he'll have a strong presence at CMA Fest in Nashville when he appears on the CMA Close Up Stage, as well as a full band performance at Nissan Stadium.
Ricky Skaggs CMA Fest Appearances:
- Thursday, June 7 / 12:15 - 1:15pm - The Country Music Hall of Fame presents "An Interview with 2018 Inductee Ricky Skaggs," hosted by Peter Cooper - CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X (inside the Music City Center)
- Sunday, June 10 / 7:55 - 8:25pm - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder - Nissan Stadium
(*Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum)
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 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 and is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall.
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