Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder/Sierra Hull
There are few tenors in the history of bluegrass music whose abilities and oeuvre can be compared to those of Ricky Skaggs, who by age 21 was already a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time GRAMMY Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. He counts the current configuration of his band, Kentucky Thunder, among the best group of musicians he has ever worked with, stating "each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win."
Bluegrass phenom Sierra Hull open this show. At 22 years of age, Tennessee-born mandolinist Sierra Hull is already enjoying a prolific career. Her debut album was released when she was just 16 years old. She has since continued to grow into her abilities, including studying at the Berklee College of Music under the Presidential Scholarship (the first bluegrass musician to ever receive the award).