Country Music Hall of Fame


Interview: Ricky Skaggs

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 02:00pm

Ricky Skaggs has been a force in American roots music for decades, scoring hits such as “Highway 40 Blues,” “Crying My Heart Out Over You,” “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown,” and “Country Boy.” Skaggs has collaborated with a genre-defying array of artists, including Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Jack White, Keith Whitley, and the Whites. Before the age of 10, he took the stage with Bill Monroe and appeared on television with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. After 1970s stints with the Country Gentleman and the New South, Skaggs formed Boone Creek before joining Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band and playing a key role on her 1980 bluegrass-rooted classic, Roses in the Snow. He is one of the most respected and awarded performers in modern country and bluegrass music, winning numerous Grammy, CMA, ACM, and IBMA trophies. Skaggs will talk about his remarkable remarkable life in music and perform briefly. The program will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings. ​

This program takes place in the Museum's Ford Theater and will also be streamed live at The live stream is powered by NewTek TriCaster.

After the program, Skaggs will sign copies of his autobiography Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music and the album Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder: Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 available for purchase in the museum store.


Attendees must have a Program Pass to guarantee admission to this event.

Program Passes are free with Museum admission or membership and distributed two hours prior to the event at the Museum's box office on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is general admission and limited.

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