Performance Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 9 PM


Zankel Hall
In an extraordinarily rare pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come together to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the most pristine voices in Southern music and a member of The Whites, a trio that includes vocalist sister Cheryl and multi-instrumentalist father Buck, who are also on hand. Joachim Cooder is on drums and Mark Fain on bass for this program hosted by Rosanne Cash.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.


  • Ry Cooder
  • Sharon White
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • with
    Joachim Cooder
  • Mark Fain
  • Cheryl White
  • Buck White
  • Hosted by Rosanne Cash

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Cooder-White-Skaggs

    In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of country, gospel, bluegrass, and blues. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass, with guest performances by Buck White and Cheryl White. Critics who have attended recent Cooder-White-Skaggs concerts have described their combined musical talents as nothing short of magic. While no two shows are exactly the same, concertgoers can expect to hear many familiar songs originally made famous by the likes of Hank Williams Sr., Flatt & Scruggs, Roy Acuff, the Louvin Brothers, Bill Monroe, and more. The show is a shoot-from-the-hip and play-from-the-heart performance from three legendary musicians doing what they do best: pickin' and grinnin' and sangin.'

    Ry Cooder's stock-in-trade is the guitar. He sometimes plays mandolin and has been known to occasionally handle the bajo sexton and tres. Cooder likes to play blues, gospel, country and western music, a calypso tune or two, and cowboy ballads. He has written film scores, produced recordings of an elderly group of Cubans, and hung out with Gabby Pahinui. Cooder hired Don Tosti to voice an alien and made a record about a cat that lived in a suitcase. He owns an ice cream truck that was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum and has also adopted an owl. These days, Cooder and his son Joachim have taken to playing with Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Buck White, and Mark Fain.

    Sharon White is a member of beloved country-gospel family band The Whites, and has been making music alongside her father Buck and sister Cheryl for more than four decades. They originally began as a bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for their string of country hits in the 1980s, including "Hangin' Around," "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling," and "Pins and Needles." The Whites are Grand Ole Opry members and combine a respect for--and mastery of--traditional country and bluegrass with a refreshing style in each of their performances. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? and have gone on to win multiple honors, including Grammy, Country Music Association, and Dove awards, among others.

    With 12 number-one hit singles, 14 Grammy Awards, 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, nine Academy of Country Music Awards, and eight Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year),
    Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of bluegrass and country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums. The Grand Ole Opry member 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.

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  • Rosanne Cash

    One of the country's preeminent singer-songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 number-one singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford American, The Nation, and many other print and online publications.

    In recent seasons, Cash has given concerts at the Spoleto Festival, Toronto's Luminato Festival, and New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas. She has also partnered in programming collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra, Lincoln Center, and San Francisco Jazz. She completed a residency at the Library of Congress in December 2013.

    Cash's 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. She was given the AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts.

    In addition to her Carnegie Hall Perspectives series during the 2015-2016 season, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville also selected Cash as its artist in residence, where she performed three concerts last September. The following month, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    In her latest release, The River & The Thread--a collaboration with husband, co-writer, producer, and arranger John Leventhal--Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical, and historic landscape of the American South. The album has received impressive worldwide acclaim and attained the highest debut in the Billboard charts of any of her previous albums. It received three Grammy Awards in 2015.

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Perspectives: Rosanne Cash
This performance is part of Perspectives: Rosanne Cash.

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