This weekend, country music and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs returns to the stage of the historic Grand Ole Opry for the show's 4,942nd consecutive Saturday night broadcast. This weekend's show is a celebration of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Since March, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and without an audience in attendance, the Grand Ole Opry has remained on the air on Saturday nights for nine decades. Helping keep the circle unbroken during this time, Opry members and special guests spanning multiple generations and encompassing rising newcomers, established superstars, awarded musicians, songwriters, storytellers and family members have stepped on to the Opry stage showcasing the many styles under the country music umbrella that have represented the values and traditions that have built and continued to shape the Grand Ole Opry for 95 years.
This Saturday, September 19, Skaggs, an Opry member since 1982, a 15-time GRAMMY® winner and a member of both the Country Music and Bluegrass Music Halls of Fame, will again step into the circle. The broadcast will air live on Circle Television. Brothers Osborne and Wendy Moten are also set to perform.
"I'm really looking forward to doing the Opry this Saturday night," says Skaggs. "It's gonna be a great show with Brothers Osborne and Wendy Moten. Hope you all will tune in."
The Opry will be broadcast live this Saturday evening at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT on Circle, Dish Network, Sling TV, live stream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels, SiriusXM as well as the Opry's flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com. Check your local listings at circleplus.com. Embracing today's technology, the Opry will be broadcast and streamed with a very small production team. The show's artists will perform acoustically at a recommended social distance across the Opry stage.
Opry fans are invited to contribute to the Opry's #UNBROKEN charitable campaign which raises money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund benefits artists and musicians struggling through the pandemic- some of the very people who write, make and create the music that has kept the music alive on the Opry stage for almost 95 years. Fans can donate via text UNBROKEN to 41444.
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music 60 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder." Most recently, Skaggs has added country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.