Sign up for newsletter
 

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

More news for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

CD reviews for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Life's a Journey
Ricky Skaggs started out in Ralph Stanley's bluegrass band as a teenager. He's worked in bluegrass bands, toured with Emmylou Harris and himself became a country star, although he's no longer a force on country radio. Now he celebrates releases of a country record and his first bluegrass record in 25 years. "Life's..." recaptures his trademark sound of the 1980's, when he scored numerous Top 10 country hits. Lots of traditional country here. Lots of great pickin'. Lots of fiddles and steel guitars. »»»
Bluegrass Rules
"Bluegrass Rules" is straight-ahead bluegrass from Ricky Skaggs and a masterpiece in every way. Two of Bill Monroe's vintage instrumentals, "Rawhide," and "Get Up John," are covered superbly. He pays homage to the Stanley Brothers with their classics, "Rank Strangers," "Think of What You've Done" and "Little Maggie." Vocally, Skaggs sounds as good as ever. Paul Brewster adds some great harmony. Band members Bobby Hicks on fiddle, Bryan Sutton on guitar and Marc Pruett on banjo are all top-notch »»»
Brand New Strings
A quick glance at the Ricky Skaggs record shelf confirms it: "Brand New Strings" has the highest concentration of contemporary material on it since 1997's "Life Is a Journey," which coincidentally was his last album aimed at the mainstream country market prior to his headlong return to bluegrass. While the degree of musicianship and energy Skaggs invested in his bluegrass revival was indeed thrilling, could he really be satisfied playing revved-up versions of Bill Monroe and Stanley Brothers »»»
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. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
Staggered CD review - Staggered
East Nashville may be known as "the" Americana hotbed these days, but some of the talent there is very much verging on rock 'n roll. This is the case with Lynn Taylor & the BarFlies on their third release, a collection of personal tunes by the front man. »»»
American Folk soundtrack CD review - American Folk soundtrack
The soundtrack for the independent film, "American Folk," stars two real-life singer-songwriters played by Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, who also contribute the bulk of the material on the soundtrack. Understanding the plot of the film helps explain both the sequence and content of the track list. »»»
Rifles and Rosary Beads CD review - Rifles and Rosary Beads
Mary Gauthier has built her career on honest, sometimes brutally and achingly self-confessional songs. This is the first time that she has focused on experiences other than her own, and it could become not only the strongest album of her career but, in its own way, a landmark album. »»»