Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

If you’re in North Carolina, don’t miss Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder in Smithfield, NC!

Ricky Skaggs performed on our stage 21 years ago and now he is back to open our first season in our newly renovated Paul A. Johnston Auditorium!

Fifteen-time GRAMMY Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

Ricky Skaggs is joined by his band, Kentucky Thunder. “This group of guys meets my approval every night,” Ricky says. “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.” The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Russ Carson (banjo), Jake Workman (lead guitar), Dennis Parker (baritone vocals, guitar), Gavin Kelso (bass), Mike Rogers (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar) and Billy Contreras (fiddle).

This show is presented as part of the Donnie E. and Linda Vann Lassiter Performing Arts Series