Ten years ago, keyboardist Bruce Hornsby recruited bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs for a collaborative album and tour. Hornsby and Skaggs, along with Ricky’s band – Kentucky Thunder – have paired up for performances from time to time since and a 2013 album. Bruce, Ricky and Kentucky Thunder will hit the road together again this winter.
Up first for Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby With Kentucky Thunder’s tour is a visit to Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York on February 26. From there, the ensemble heads to Red Bank, New Jersey on February 27 followed by Brookville, New York on March 1 and Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 3. The brief jaunt is currently set to conclude with shows in Wilmington, Delaware on March 4 and Verona, New York on March 5.
“I always get excited when I know I’m gonna get to tour with my good friend Bruce Hornsby,” said Skaggs in a statement announcing the run. “Fireworks always happen!” Hornsby added, “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.”
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