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Ricky Skaggs Is Busy In Bluegrass

Of the Oakland Press

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Ricky Skaggs doesn’t spend much time sitting still.

Earlier this year, the country and bluegrass veteran released a duets album with Bruce Hornsby. He and his band, Kentucky Thunder, are working on a tribute to bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s group of 1946-47, which included Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and he’s planning to record a gospel album with the Whites, which includes his wife, Sharon.

And the 11-time Grammy Award winner plans to have “A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 2” ready for release later this year.

“There’s a tradition in this music of making a lot of music and working all the time,” says Skaggs, 52, who operates his own Skaggs Family Records label in Nashville. “There’s never any loss for things to do, and I’m lucky that I have the ability and the people around me to help accomplish it all.”

With that kind of work ethic, it’s easy for one project to fade into the other, but Skaggs is still exuberant about the long-in-themaking Hornsby album, on which the two collaborated on each other’s songs as well as a bluegrass rendition of Rick James’ “Super Freak.”

“It was one of those things where we said, ‘Y’know, we could really do this and have fun doing this and make some good music and just have a great time,’ ” Skaggs says. “It was just a great time. We got excited and really made some music that I think will stand the test of time. Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to do it again sometime.”

Ricky Skaggs performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday (June 30th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $30. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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