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Skaggs gives out Treasure Chest tour dates

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – Ricky Skaggs has announced the first five shows of his 2011 Treasure Chest Tour. This tour will feature a mix of Skaggs' country hits as well as a collection of his bluegrass tunes. The tour kicks off in Prestonsburg, Ky., on March 18, with additional dates to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

"I think fans will really love the fact that I'm taking a full country band out on the road to do (Honey) Open That Door, You've Got a Lover Uncle Pen, Highway 40 Blues and things like that," said Skaggs. "We'll be able to do those with the country sound and then do the 'blazing bluegrass' that we've been known for since '97, and then do those new songs from 'Mosaic'. I think it's going to be a great show, a great tour, and people are getting really excited about it, so we're excited about it."

Tour dates are:
March 18 Prestonsburg, KY
March 19 Shelby, NC
May 15 Black Mountain, NC
June 23- 24 Boston

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