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Artist-In-Residence Ricky Skaggs Performs Bluegrass

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Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Ricky Skaggs is the current Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence. Skaggs will present two intimate evening country and bluegrass music performances on November 18 and 19, at 7:00 p.m. The concerts will be the museum’s first public programs in the new CMA Theater. The performances will be Country Boy at Heart on the 18th and Bluegrass Rules on the 19th.

The Country Boy at Heart program will feature emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Gordon Kennedy, The Whites and Skagg's own band, Kentucky Thunder. Bluegrass Rules will feature artists Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahil, The Whites and Kentucky Thunder.

Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. Honorees are given a blank canvas and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous Artist-in-Residence honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith and Kenny Rogers.

This year, Skaggs has chosen to perform two unique shows—each with its own theme and lineup of guest artists. The first show, November 18, will have a country music theme; Ricky’s special guests that night will include Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Gordon Kennedy and The Whites. The second show, November 19, will celebrate his bluegrass roots with special guests Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Del McCoury and The Whites. Both nights will feature Skaggs’ award-winning band, Kentucky Thunder.

“Ricky Skaggs has created his own career path,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “It’s rare to find an artist who thrives in three different genres, but Ricky does. He is highly respected in country, bluegrass and gospel music, and he has a way of blending these styles that delights music fans. Ricky has been a great friend to the museum for many years. He was on hand, in 2011, when we announced our plans for expanding the museum. Now he will present the museum’s first public program in our new CMA Theater. With its nearly 800-seat capacity, the new theater allows us to welcome more guests while still maintaining the intimate atmosphere that makes our Artist-in-Residence series so special.”

An innovative musician, top-notch vocalist, record producer and label owner, Grammy award-winning Ricky Skaggs has developed a unique hybrid of traditional American music throughout his more than four decades career. While he is regarded as a pioneer of country music’s neo-traditionalist movement and a flame-keeper for traditional bluegrass, he also has been creatively restless, at times moving roots-oriented music in new, progressive directions.

Ticket prices for these shows range from $35-$55 per show (plus ticketing fee). Tickets can be purchased at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Ticket sales, limited to four tickets per transaction, are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Will call tickets will be available day-of-show at the museum’s ticketing office in its new Fifth Avenue lobby.

The 2013 Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by RJ Young. Additional support for educational programs is provided by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission through an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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