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Ricky Skaggs Celebrates 30 Years As a Member of the Grand Ole Opry

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Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® will honor one of the most awarded artists in country and bluegrass music, Ricky Skaggs, on his 30th anniversary as an Opry member during the Tuesday Night Opry May 15, 2012. The 14-time Grammy® winner was inducted into the Opry on May 15, 1982. His milestone anniversary will be celebrated with performances by the honoree, fellow Opry members Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, and The Whites, plus special guests two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent.

"Not unlike Ricky's music, the list of artists lined up to honor him on May 15 is eclectic and award-winning," said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. "It's going to be a night of great musicianship as we celebrate all that Ricky means to the Opry family."

From Skaggs' beginnings in bluegrass, he has gone on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country format, resulting in twelve #1 hits, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1985. Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums.

His latest project, Country Hits Bluegrass Style, is exactly what its title suggests: Skaggs' classic country hits offered up in fresh, new bluegrass form. With a career spanning over 50 years in music, he is currently working on an autobiography, has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame later this year, all while continuing to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music's most sought after live performers.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to join him for his 30th Anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry on May 15.
Here's Ricky with fellow Opry member Brad Paisley on the Opry stage.

Ricky has twelve consecutive Grammy-nominated albums, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label. In 1982, he was made the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry at the time. He made his television debut at the age of 7, performing with bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show and earning his first paycheck ever for a musical performance. At 15, Ricky became a member of bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley's backing band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ricky and his ace backing band, Kentucky Thunder, have won 8 Instrumental Group of the Year awards from the IBMA. He has had 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts and 12 Top 20 Country albums.

Ricky collaborated with the Raconteurs and Ashley Monroe on a Bluegrass-inspired version of the Raconteurs track "Old Enough." His album, Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved, released in 2009, was nominated in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for the 2010 GRAMMY awards. Ricky played all of the notes and sang all of the songs on this project. Solo is a musical tribute to the man who caused him to fall in love with music—his father.

Ricky Skaggs' album, Mosaic, is a return to a full band sound that mixes elements of Country music with Beatles-esque melody and lyrics that speak to Skaggs' faith, making "music that is in my head and in my heart," as Ricky says. It was co-produced by Grammy winning songwriter/producer Gordon Kennedy. In 2010, Mosaic was nominated for two GRAMMY's in Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album & Best Gospel Song categories (for "Return to Sender").

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