Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his famous blue grass band, Kentucky Thunder, will perform at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. for a special concert featuring some of Skaggs’ chart-topping hits.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 7, at noon and are available at the Box Office, by phone at (843) 661-4444, or online at fmupac.org. Ticket prices range from $39-$59.
Skaggs’ PAC date follows hard on the heels of the February sellout of country star Travis Tritt’s acoustic concert in the same building. PAC Director Laura Sims says this latest addition to the venue’s schedule just adds to the momentum.
“Following the success of last month’s Travis Tritt concert here, we’re excited to have Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder coming to the performing arts center,” says Sims. “Ricky puts on a great show and is rightfully celebrated as one of America’s most talented, and most unique musicians. This should be another big night for country music and bluegrass fans in the Florence area and throughout the Carolinas.”
Skaggs, the 1985 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, is a Kentucky native who made a splash as a child prodigy, playing mandolin on stage with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, while just five years old and appearing on national TV with Earl Flatt and Lester Scruggs when he was seven.
Skaggs spent his early professional career with the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & the New South and Emmylou Harris before launching a career as 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 number one hits. During his tenure with Epic, Skaggs recorded 12 number one hits and garnered eight Country Music Association Awards.
Skaggs was part of Nashville’s “new traditionalist” movement in the 1980s, but he put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound.
Skaggs’ 1997 album Bluegrass Rules!, released on his newly-formed Skaggs Family Records label, marked a triumphant return to bluegrass—which he’s solidified ever since with a series of Grammy Award-winning albums. Skaggs’ label has also served as a home for similar bluegrass and roots music-oriented artists including Cherryholmes and The Whites.
Skaggs has produced more than 30 albums, accompanied by a variety of fellow artists, and cutting across nearly every sub genre connected to country music. His contributions have been so substantial that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His Kentucky Thunder, which has been with Skaggs since 1997, has been part of half of Skaggs’ Grammy wins, and is also an eight-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year.
Ricky Skaggs at the PAC
When: Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Dargan Street in Florence
Ticket prices: $39-59
How to purchase: Visit the box office on line at fmupac.org, or call the Box office at 843-661-4444. Tickets may be purchased in person at the PAC Box Office Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
Ricky Skaggs Billboard Country Singles:
"Crying My Heart Out Over You"
"I Don't Care"
"Don't Cheat in Our Hometown"
"Highway 40 Blues"
"I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"
"Honey (Open That Door)"
"Lovin' Only Me"
Ricky Skaggs at a Glance
Over the course of his 40 year career, Ricky Skaggs has:
* won 14 Grammy Awards
* won 8 CMA Awards
* won 8 ACM Awards
* won 11 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards
* won 7 ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Awards
* won 2 Dove Awards
* has had 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts and 12 Top 20 country albums
* received 3 honorary doctorate degrees
* has had 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums
* became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1982,
* made his television debut at the age of 7, performing with bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs