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Clayton Center presents Ricky Skaggs
when: Sat, September 7, 2013
where: Ronald And Lynda Nutt Theatre
Ricky Skaggs opens 2013 2014 Season
Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary 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.
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, of course, fit right in with young “new-traditionalist” ‘80s artists like Randy Travis, and helped rejuvenate the country music genre after the worn-out “Urban Cowboy” period. But, Skaggs put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound.
GRAMMY AWARDS (14 Total)
INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IBMA) AWARDS (11 Awards)
COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) AWARDS ( 8 Awards)
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) (9 Awards)
GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) DOVE AWARDS (3 Awards)
INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC (ICM) AWARDS (9 Awards) Season Tickets on sale July 1 and are not available for online sales.