Between the two of them, Ricky Skaggs and Ry Cooder can probably play just about any string instrument known to man. And now they have an opportunity to show off those skills together, as the two multi-genre multi-instrumentalists will tour together this summer and fall. Skaggs’s wife and frequent collaborator Sharon White will also join them.
Skaggs, who first performed with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs when he was still a child, has spanned the genres of bluegrass, country, folk and gospel in his decades-long career, performing and releasing albums as a solo artist and in collaboration with a long list of revered artists throughout those genres. Since 1981, he has been married to and often performed with Sharon White, who also performs in her family’s legendary country group, the Whites.
Cooder, in turn, began his career playing in an early incarnation of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band and has since racked up an astounding list of credits as a solo artist, session man and producer, including playing on the classic Rolling Stones albums Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers as well as producing the Buena Vista Social Club album that introduced a number of Cuban jazz legends to American audiences. Throughout his prodigious solo career, Cooder has traversed a wide swath of genres and songs, befitting his parentage as the child of two folklorists.
See below for dates and cities on this unique tour:
June 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
June 17 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
June 19 – Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium
June 21 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 22 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic Gardens
July 17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
Sept 30 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
Oct 2 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Oct 5 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre
Oct 6 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Oct 7 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre
Nov 10-11 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Nov 14 – New York City, NY – Carnegie Hall
Nov 17 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
Nov 18 – Portland, ME – State Theatre