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Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby


Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby

Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby collaborate at Yardley Hall

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce HornsbyOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Ricky Skaggs and genre-bending pianist Bruce Hornsby will appear at Johnson County Community College with the band Kentucky Thunder on Friday, Oct. 25.

They will perform at 8 p.m. in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall. Tickets, which are $125, $60 and $50, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

Skaggs and Hornsby first collaborated on a track for a Bill Monroe tribute album and went on to record an entire album together in 2007. Combined, the pair lay claim to an astonishing 15 Grammy awards.

The New York Times has praised the depth of the partnership.

"Whether they were playing Mr. Hornsby's songs or reworking Bill Monroe's repertory, the arrangements often reached back to Celtic drones and modal fiddle tunes, the sounds of an isolated rural America," the Times stated.

"With Mr. Hornsby on piano, another Americana also peeked in: the polytonality of Aaron Copland and of modal jazz harmony, which happens to dovetail with those Celtic drones."

Skaggs is an icon of American music whose career has come full circle. He has evolved from his beginnings in bluegrass to mainstream country stardom in the 1980s to a recent series of acclaimed and best-selling bluegrass albums.

Bruce Hornsby and his band, The Range, emerged in 1986 with the release of his multi-platinum album, The Way It Is. To date, he has sold more than 10 million records and collaborated with artists such as Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson. In the early 1990s, he performed about 100 concerts as a part-time member of the Grateful Dead.