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Ricky Skaggs Schedules First Country Concert in 20 Years

Ricky Skaggs Nashville Palace 2017
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After 20 years away from the country stage, Ricky Skaggs is making a big return with a show in Music City. Skaggs has scheduled a Sept. 2 concert at the Nashville Place that will be his first full country music concert in two decades.

A press release explains that Skaggs made a promise to Bill Monroe to help keep bluegrass music alive, and since Monroe’s death in 1996, the singer has spent the past two decades unplugging his guitar and focusing on that genre. Now, however, Skaggs is ready to plug back in and return to the music he was playing before he began to cut bluegrass albums. During the 1980s, Skaggs scored a string of No. 1 hits on the country charts, including “Highway 40 Blues,” “Honey (Open That Door),” “Heartbroke,” “Country Boy,” “Uncle Pen” and others.

“After playing bluegrass music for the last 20 years, I’m gonna have blast plugging in my electric guitar and singing my country hits again. Can’t wait!” Skaggs says in the press release. “We did a test run of the show back in June and came away from it feeling great!”

Tickets for Skaggs’ country show at the Nashville Palace range in price from $20 to $200; they are available for purchase via Eventbrite.

Though he’s taking a night away from bluegrass to return to the songs that made him famous, Skaggs says he has no intention of leaving bluegrass behind for good. The press release reports that Skaggs “has no plans of ever quitting bluegrass music.”

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