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RICKY SKAGGS LUNCHES WITH COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM STAFF

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Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs; Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity *Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum (high resolution photo available upon request)

Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content
Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs;
Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity
*Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Country and Bluegrass Legend Gears Up for Busy CMA Fest Week in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) — Ricky Skaggs was recently invited to spend some quality time with Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum staffers at a private luncheon held in the CMA Theatre in Nashville. The event was organized by museum officials to celebrate Skaggs’ upcoming induction into the famed institution.
“It was so kind of the Hall of Fame to have a luncheon in my honor,” says Skaggs. “We had such a good time. I started telling them old Bill Monroe stories, one after the other, and they went for over an hour. I’m so honored to be the newest living inductee into this hallowed Hall. It’s a dream come true for me.”
Later this year, Skaggs will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside the late Dottie West and the late Johnny Gimble. In the meantime, the country and bluegrass legend is keeping the tour trail red hot. Next week, he’ll have a strong presence at CMA Fest in Nashville when he appears on the CMA Close Up Stage, as well as a full band performance at Nissan Stadium.
Ricky Skaggs CMA Fest Appearances:
• Thursday, June 7 / 12:15 – 1:15pm —  The Country Music Hall of Fame presents “An Interview with 2018 Inductee Ricky Skaggs,” hosted by Peter Cooper — CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X (inside the Music City Center)
• Sunday, June 10 /  7:55 – 8:25pm — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder — Nissan Stadium
Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

About Ricky Skaggs

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, 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. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits and is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall.

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REVERB SPOTLIGHTS 15X GRAMMY® WINNER RICKY SKAGGS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 18, 2018 – 1:40 pm -

REVERB SPOTLIGHTS 15X GRAMMY® WINNER RICKY SKAGGS

REVERB SPOTLIGHTS 15X GRAMMY® WINNER RICKY SKAGGS

Nashville, Tenn.  — During an exclusive interview, Reverb recently caught up with 15X GRAMMY® Award-winning Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs at his Hendersonville, Tennessee recording studio.

Skaggs sat down with the widely-popular music gear website to discuss the late Bill Monroe’s unique performance style and the impact the “Father of Bluegrass” left on the genre, as well as Country music. Watch the full discussion HERE.
Skaggs has been quite the buzz around Nashville as of late. Last May, he was spotlighted during a Special Program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, highlighting his 50+ years as an entertainer. That same month, he celebrated 35 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Later in the fall, he returned to his country roots when he performed all of his classic chart-topping songs before a sold out crowd at the Nashville Palace. The concert marked Skaggs’ first full-blown country show in Music City in 20 years.
Following the concert, Rolling Stone Country raved: “The playing, as one would expect, was exceptional, and his mountain tenor sounded just as pure as it did 30 years ago. It was both a joyful stroll down memory lane and a reaffirmation of Skaggs’ permanent place in the country and roots pantheon.” 
The icing on the cake was Skaggs’ 15th GRAMMY® win last year when he took home the gold for his producer credit on Hillary Scott & The Scott Family‘s Contemporary Christian album, Love Remains. For a full listing of Skaggs’ GRAMMY® wins, click HERE.

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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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Ricky Skaggs

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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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!

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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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