Skaggs returns to country
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
– Ricky Skaggs is going country for the first time in 20 years.
Skaggs is returning onstage to perform a full-blown country on Sept. 2 at the Nashville Palace.
"After playing bluegrass music for the last 20 years, I'm gonna have blast plugging in my electric guitar and singing my country hits again," said Skaggs. "Can't wait!.We did a test run of the show back in June and came away from it feeling great."
Among the songs Skaggs has enjoyed hits with are "Highway 40 Blues," "Honey (Open That Door)," "Heartbroke," "Country Boy" and "Uncle Pen."
Skaggs promised the late Bill Monroe that he'd do his part to keep bluegrass alive. Since Monroe's passing in 1996, Skaggs has played bluegrass shows and released bluegrass CD.
Tickets to Skaggs' show went on sale today from $20-$200.
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