Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and renowned pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, fellow friends and GRAMMY® winners, will soon hit the road once again to collaborate with Skaggs’ razor-sharp band Kentucky Thunder on brand new tunes and traditional bluegrass classics. The “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder” tour kicks-off on February 26 in Tarrytown, NY with additional New York dates to follow, as well as stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
“I always get excited when I know I’m gonna get to tour with my good friend Bruce Hornsby,” says Skaggs. “Fireworks always happen!“
Hornsby adds, “The level of virtuosity required to play bluegrass music with the freaks of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder requires a good deal of practice; I always have to prepare a good deal, practicing with the metronome at break-neck speed, crazy tempos, to be able to hang with those guys.”
Without any restrictions, their music is as fascinating and masterful as the two stars that created it. The pair blends songs drawn from deep roots in mountain music, adding piano and Hornsby’s inimitable songwriting to Skaggs’ instrumental core of mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo into a musical feast. Punctuating the show is a vibrantly expansive version of Hornsby’s early hit “The Way It Is” and a performance of “White Wheeled Limousine,” and to sum up the free-spirited nature of their collaborations, Skaggs and Hornsby joyfully present the vintage fiddle tune “Cluck Ol’ Hen.” Skaggs and Hornsby promise to kick up a storm with their mix of high-lonesome harmonies, full throttle bluegrass picking, and improvisational piano.
2017 “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder” Tour Dates:
Feb 26 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
Feb 27 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
March 1 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 3 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
March 4 – Wilmington, DE – The Grand Opera House, Copeland Hall
March 5 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort & Casino at The Showroom