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Ricky Skaggs & the 75th Annual Santa Train Bring Holiday Cheer to Appalachia

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 30, 2017 – 11:26 am -

Ricky Skaggs & the 75th Annual Santa Train Bring Holiday Cheer to Appalachia

Ricky Skaggs & the 75th Annual Santa Train Bring Holiday Cheer to Appalachia Photo courtesy of Ed Rode

Nashville, Tenn.  — Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs climbed aboard the 75th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, November 18 for a 110-mile route through Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and performed for the crowds in Kingsport.

Skaggs joined Santa Claus and volunteers from the Kingsport Chamber, Food City, Appalachian Power, Soles4Souls and presenting sponsor CSX Transportation in handing out more than 15 tons of gifts at the 14 stops along the route.

“I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I just knew we were gonna be giving away toys, backpacks, clothing and food to the folks in the mountains, but those precious faces I saw gave me more than I gave them. A very moving event,” notes Skaggs. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat. CXS was totally professional and prepared. 75 years! Then you have Santa! Awesome!”


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RICKY SKAGGS TO BE HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS ASCAP FOUNDERS AWARD AT ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

Written by Staff on September 3, 2016 – 2:39 am -

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54TH ANNUAL GALA TO BE HELD MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST AT THE
HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Nashville, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs with its prestigious Founders Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2015, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on October 31st.

ASCAP President Paul Williams says, “For more than four decades Ricky Skaggs has been a musical force in bluegrass and country music. His incredible gifts as a musician combined with his boundless creativity and energy continue to fuel a passion for American roots music around the world. A national treasure, he has influenced generations of fellow music creators and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award.”

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young.

Ricky Skaggs is a renowned pioneer of bluegrass and country music, having earned 12 #1 singles, 14 Grammy Awards, 11 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, three honorary Doctorate degrees, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2013 Artist-In-Residence, and an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, along with numerous other accolades. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums. His newest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites, features the couple performing duets of handpicked country love songs. The Grand Ole Opry member has also released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler,” which details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of country and bluegrass music. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has recently performed a string of dates with Sharon White and guitar legend Ry Cooder, and continues to tour with versatile singer-songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby.

The 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening is expected to feature live performances of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and/or the artists who recorded them. Members of the press can request event credentials by contacting Ronna Rubin at ronna@rubinmedia.biz.

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 585,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

 

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RICKY SKAGGS SINGING DUET WITH NBC’S THE VOICE CONTESTANT, EMILY ANN ROBERTS ON TUES., DEC. 15

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 14, 2015 – 11:06 pm -

RICKY SKAGGS SINGING DUET WITH NBC'S THE VOICE CONTESTANT, EMILY ANN ROBERTS ON TUES., DEC. 15

RICKY SKAGGS SINGING DUET WITH NBC’S THE VOICE CONTESTANT, EMILY ANN ROBERTS ON TUES., DEC. 15

Nashville, Tenn.  – Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs will be featured on NBC’s The Voice vocal competition, singing with one of the show’s finalists, Emily Ann Roberts. Skaggs’ duet with Roberts will air on Tuesday night, December 15 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT.

Roberts, hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of Blake Shelton’s two remaining team members and will be breaking out some country hits. She will be joined by Skaggs to sing his #1 country song, “Country Boy.”

The Voice features the strongest vocalists from across the country who are invited to compete in this blockbuster vocal competition show’s ninth season. Internationally acclaimed artist Gwen Stefani returns to join megastars Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host. After many rounds of singing and voting, in the end, one contestant is named The Voice and receives the grand prize of a recording contract.

For more information, check out the story on E! News, HERE.


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Kentucky Mountain Trio Excitement

Written by scoopsnews on December 8, 2015 – 10:18 am -

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Kentucky Mountain Trio

 

These guys are are excited about tonight! They are playing with Ricky Skaggs at this event.

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RICKY SKAGGS

From Kentucky Mountain Trio
What an honor it will be Tuesday, December 8th to perform at the inauguration of Matt Bevin / KY governor -and sharing the venue with Ricky Skaggs himself!

READ ABOUT EVENT HERE:

Here’s a video they did this morning while running around getting ready for the big night. Congratulations Guys! We know you will knock their socks off!

More information on Kentucky Mountain Trio HERE:


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RICKY SKAGGS AND SHARON WHITE JOIN HANDS FOR FIRST-EVER STUDIO ALBUM

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 19, 2014 – 10:07 am -

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Legendary Country Music Couple to Release HEARTS LIKE OURS on September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 19, 2014) – On August 4, country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White (of country music’s The Whites) celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.  Over the course of more than three decades of marriage, Skaggs and White have savored every moment of their lifelong commitment to one another.  With both of their respected careers cemented into the country music history books, one might find it hard to believe that the couple has never recorded an album together.  That all changes on September 302014 when Skaggs and White release their first-ever studio album, Hearts Like Ours.
 
In 1987, the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This,” but White was touring with her family band and Skaggs was on fire with his solo career, so releasing a full project wasn’t possible at the time.  Skaggs and White are beyond thrilled to finally release their first full project.
 
Hearts Like Ours is a dream come true for Sharon and I,” says Skaggs.  “Being married for 33 years, you really get to know someone’s heart. I know hers and she knows mine, and you can hear that on this CD.  I loved getting to work with her.  She knows what she wants.”
White notes, “I am so happy that Ricky and I have finally done a duet CD, which we have wanted to do for years and I think our hearts are in the right place to do this now.  It was great to pick songs together and share ideas about how we wanted to do them.  I have always enjoyed making music with Ricky so this album is the fulfillment of a dream of my heart.”
The 13-track album, releasing on Skaggs Family Records, is produced by Skaggs and White and features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.  The album includes songs written by some of the industry’s top songwriters including Connie Smith and Marty Stuart-penned tunes, “Hearts Like Ours” and “I Run To You,” Bob DiPiero and Keith Sewell’s “Forever’s Not Long Enough,” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz’s “Hold On Tight (Let It Go),” Leslie Satcher and Buddy Jewell’s “When I’m Good And Gone” and the late Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” among others.
Hearts Like Ours will be available in-stores and digitally on release day.  Album pre-sales are available now at www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

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RICKY SKAGGS, LARRY GATLIN AND MIKE HUCKABEE TALK ISRAEL ON THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL March 29

Written by SGN Scoops on March 28, 2014 – 5:22 am -

Absolute Publicity, Nashville, Tenn. (March 27, 2014) – This weekend on the Fox News Channel‘s America’s News HQ, country music legends RICKY SKAGGS and LARRY GATLIN, as well as GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE, will larry, rickyappear to discuss their recent trip to Israel.
Last month, Skaggs and Gatlin ventured to the Holy Land, traveling alongside Governor Huckabee for a weeklong tour of the region.  Governor Huckabee travels to Israel each year to guide a tour of the region and provide historical commentary.  The two country legends accompanied him as personal friends and to perform in many historic locations along the way.
Skaggs, Gatlin and Huckabee will appear on the national news show this SaturdayMarch 29 at 12:50 PM ET.

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MUSIC ICON RICKY SKAGGS NOMINATED FOR IBMA AWARD

Written by SGN Scoops on August 19, 2013 – 10:40 am -

Nashville, Tenn. (August 19, 2013) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)  finalists were announced last week with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder securing a nomination in the “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” category for “New Jerusalem.”  The song is a brand new instrumental from the 2012 album Music To My Ears by Skaggs, who also wrote the tune.
“I am very grateful for the nomination,” says Skaggs upon learning of the IBMA Award nod.
The 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Skaggs has been honored with the following IBMA Awards:  “Album of the Year” (for Bluegrass Rules!) – 1998; “Instrumental Group of the Year” (with Kentucky Thunder) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; “Recorded Event of the Year” (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000 and “Instrumental Album of the Year” (forBluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000.
About Ricky Skaggs
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Fami Records, in 1997and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.
On August 13, Skaggs released his first autobiography, “KENTUCKY TRAVELER,” which details the life and times of the music icon and also the history of Bluegrass music.  In addition, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL’ HEN.  The album is scheduled for releasetomorrow (August 20).
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

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RICKY SKAGGS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR “KENTUCKY TRAVELER”

Written by SGN Scoops on June 20, 2013 – 2:01 pm -

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) – Bluegrass and Country Music iconRICKY SKAGGS has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music.  With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell.

Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography,

KENTUCKY TRAVELER

(It Books).  Skaggs will release

this unprecedented piece of Bluegrass

and Country Music literature on

August 132013.

“Kentucky Traveler” is an honest, deeply American story of the power of faith, family, and music from one of America’s most beloved Bluegrass and Country artists.

Unlike other farm boys growing up in the small town of Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old.  Sure, plenty of other mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or learned the old songs their grandparents taught them.  But few tried and fewer still mastered the mandolin.  By the time he was six years old, Skaggs’ talent was clear enough that his daddy knew he had to get that boy onstage.  When Bluegrass master and mandolin virtuoso Bill Monroe rolled into a nearby small town, Ricky was there.  As the crowd cheered, “Let little Ricky sing one!” so began a storied life in music.

With Monroe as a mentor and with a family who supported him at every turn, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician at age fifteen.  By twenty-one he was already considered a star in the Bluegrass world.  Skaggs would eventually move away from his roots into the world of mainstream country music—and in doing so, became a country legend and a household name.

Despite the hit singles, gold records, and successful tours, Skaggs knew there was more to his mission.  With a failed marriage and a sometimes strained relationship with his children, Skaggs had to make a choice.  He would follow God’s plan, and rededicate his life to Christ, to his family, and to the music that made him.  He would carry the torch lit by his musical heroes Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe and, most important, live the life and play the music that would make his mom and dad proud.  Telling the intimate stories of a successful career built on passion, drive, and faith, sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life, Skaggs paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass.

In “Kentucky Traveler,” the music legend who revived modern Bluegrass music, Ricky Skaggs, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of decades in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Skaggs’ mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’ most essential Gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.  For readers of Johnny Cash’s autobiography, lovers of “O Brother Where Art Thou,” and fans of Country music and Bluegrass, “Kentucky Traveler” is a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.

“Kentucky Traveler” is available for pre-order now at kentuckytravelerbook.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide upon its August 13 release.

 

About Ricky Skaggs

With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.

In 2013, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL’ HEN.  The album is currently scheduled for release on August 20.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.


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THE HOPPERS, GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBERS, TAKE “SOMETHING GOOD” TO EUROPE

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 6, 2013 – 9:01 am -

(NASHVILLE, TN) – The Hoppers, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members, will take their signature family Hoppersharmonies overseas to Europe for four unforgettable nights of music, family and fellowship as they make appearances in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands during their “Something Good” tour in support of their latest release, Count Me In.

Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers – known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music – have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land near the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.

In 2012, the group was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame alongside Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Love Song, Rex Humbard, and Dallas Holm.

Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean’s wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes. She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years.

The Hoppers are celebrating over 55 years of music so don’t miss this chance to catch America’s favorite family of Gospel music, THE HOPPERS!


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Dailey and Vincent to be in Concert at Bevill Center, Boaz, Alabama

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 18, 2013 – 8:43 am -

dailyandvincentcloseBoaz, Alabama, Marshall Technical School and the Marshall County Economic Development Council are proud to announce the acclaimed Bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will be coming to Snead State Community College’s Bevill Center on June 1st. A jam session among local artists will begin at 3 p.m. to help kick off the event. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. Opening the concert will be award winning Canaan’s Crossing. Snead State Community College is located in Boaz, Alabama, making this event easily accessible to Bluegrass/Gospel fans from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Grammy nominated and Dove award winning Dailey & Vincent recently walked away with several top awards from the SPGBMA where they earned Bluegrass, Vocal Group and Gospel group of the year honors. They are also three time winners of the IBMA Entertainer and Vocal Group of the year awards. Group founders Jamie Dailey and Darren Vincent have won multiple awards through the years. They have performed with artists including Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Emmylou Harris and many more. They have also been featured on Gaither Homecoming videos.Canaan’s Crossing is a recent recipient of the Group of the Year and Song of the Year awards from Front Porch Fellowship and The Singing News. Their song “Middle Man” was recently the number one bluegrass gospel song on the Singing News Bluegrass charts. Tim Maze of Canaan’s Crossing said, “We are proud to be a part of this exciting event in Boaz.

We have worked with Daily and Vincent several times and know its going to be a great night of bluegrass and Gospel music.” Canaan’s Crossing has recently been seen on national television programs Dugger Mountain Music Hall and Harmony Road.Tickets for this special night of music featuring 2 of the hottest acts in bluegrass are $15 if purchased in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Boaz, Albertville, and Guntersville Piggly Wiggly grocery store locations, Warehouse Discount Grocery in Arab
and Gadsden Music Center in Gadsden, Alabama. Tickets can also be purchased online at itickets.com. Proceeds from the event go improve programs at the Marshall Technical School and help buy materials for the different shops and programs offered students. All proceeds will go directly to the programs to help to students develop their trades to prepare them for the job market and assist in adding new classes at the school. For more information call 256-582-5629


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