The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
While it’s tough to tell current country music from pop, there’s no doubt about the style of music Ricky Skaggs plays. It’s classic, old school country and bluegrass. The type of music generations of Idahoans grew up on.
“I’m stoked Ricky Skaggs is coming to town,” Sun Valley local and Idaho-native Steve Prichett said last week.
Born and raised in the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs was a true musical prodigy. He was given his first mandolin when he was just five and made his first public performance with the “father of bluegreass,” Bill Monroe, when he was just six.
Ricky has a silky smooth and rather distinct country twang and can pick a mighty mean guitar, mandolin or just about anything that has strings on it. It’s why he has won an amazing 14 Grammys and why he produced 12 #1 country hits. He was the youngest person ever inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and some folks say he even singled-handedly saved country music from dying out during the `80s when he was the genre’s biggest star.
Ricky’s country hits include “Crying My Heart Out Over You,” “Highway 40 Blues,” “Heartbroke,”“Uncle Pen” and arguably his most famous song, “Country Boy.” In his later years, Ricky has returned more to his bluegrass roots, including recording with artists like John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby and Joan Osborne. His album “Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved” was released in 2009 and is now considered one of the best bluegrass albums off all time.
A devoted Christian, Ricky also includes Inspirational and Christian music in his repertoire. His Sun Valley show is expected to include a wide variety of music. This stop on his summer-long tour is also being used to promote his latest album, “Hearts Like Ours.” What makes this album unique is that Ricky teamed up with his wife of 34 years, Sharon White, of the acclaimed country music act, The Whites.
The couple had teamed up once before, n 1987, for "Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This,” which earned the Country Music Award for Best Vocal Duo of the Year.
Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will be performing at the stunning Sun Valley Pavilion and it promises to be another great one. Tickets are still available.
“Music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles.”-Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will be playing at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Friday September 4th. Doors open at 7pm and the show will go on from 8 to 10 pm. There is no lawn seating available for this show. Please check here for ticket information.
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