Bluegrass phenomenon Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long, prolific career still celebrated in contemporary alt-country circles. A master of mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and vocals, Skaggs has always grounded his work in traditional bluegrass, even while being an integral part of the newgrass movement in the 1970s, sneaking subtle bits of jazz and rock in amid the grass, and helping spearhead country's new traditionalist revival in the '80s. As a kid he shared stages with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, at 15 joined Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, and later played with J.D. Crowe and the New South and Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. Skaggs's latest, Music to My Ears, is a typically accomplished bluegrass and trad country collection, with brilliant picking, soulful mountain vocals, and a few surprises.
Thu., April 18, 7 & 9 p.m., 2013