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expect to hear many familiar songs originally made famous by the likes of Hank Williams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.