NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Legendary Country and Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs is set to play his first Country show in more than 20 years on Saturday, pleasing fans who have been wanting to hear Skaggs play a set on electric guitar for years.
Skaggs started his Country Music career in 1981 after playing with Emmylou Harris and played until 1996, when his father, who was a big fan of Bluegrass, and Bill Monroe, a huge influence and a friend of Skaggs, passed away.
“Both of those fine gentlemen wanted me to be playing some Bluegrass,” Skaggs said.
The return to Country Music isn’t exclusive, Skaggs still plans to play Bluegrass, but he wanted to pick up his Telecaster again and play it on stage, tipping the hat to his Country fans, and showing his Bluegrass fans his Country side, which still has plenty of Bluegrass influence.
“I never left Bluegrass,” Skaggs said of his Country career. “I took Bluegrass with me, and that’s what I’ve always done.”
Limited tickets for Skaggs’ show at The Nashville Palace were still available on Friday.