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Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs will perform on the Lied Center Main Stage on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. A bluegrass legend, Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. Acclaimed 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.

Tickets are on sale now at LiedCenter.org, at the Lied Center box office (located on 12th and R Streets, open M-F from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or by phone at 402-472-4747. Prices start at just $28.

“The Lied Center has been fortunate to host some of the biggest names in bluegrass music over its 25 year history, Ricky certainly qualifies as an artist of this caliber” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “His influence goes far beyond bluegrass music. Ricky’s talent is truly virtuosic and transcends into many musical genres.”

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 5 and appearing on TV with Lester Flatt and 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’ 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.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder’s performance on Friday, Oct. 17 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747.