Ricky Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy award winner with a passion for music of all genres and a very successful career as a country and bluegrass musician, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 3. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25 each.
As a young boy, Ricky Skaggs developed a passion for music. At the age of five, he began to play the mandolin. He performed on stage at the age of six, and at age seven, he made his first television appearance. As a teenager he met Keith Whitley and started playing radio shows alongside Whitley and his brother, Dwight. The group earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and soon after, Skaggs and Whitley were invited to join Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. A few years later, Skaggs formed the progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek. He also spent time as a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band.