Guitarist Ry Cooder, country music songbird Sharon White, and country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs are combining forces for the “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour, their maiden voyage as a musical trio. The tour kicks off in Salt Lake City Tuesday night and continues with scheduled performances in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York City, and more in the months ahead. For tickets to a show in a city near you, please visit the Cooder-White-Skaggs tour dates HERE.
Great press surrounds the dates – check out the Country Weekly article and and show preview of their first tour stop in Salt Lake City by Salt Lake Magazine below:
Salt Lake Magazine
Preview: Cooder-White-Skaggs at Red Butte
Jun 15th 2015
By : Christie Gehrke
The word legendary is not one to be thrown around lightly, but in the case of Tuesday night’s Cooder-White-Skaggs concert at Red Butte, no other word quite applies.
You may not have heard of the legendary Ry Cooder, but his mark on music is undeniable. From Van Morrison to The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones to Captain Beefheart, Cooder has the Midas touch of music. He’s collaborated with the greats, sure, but he’s a star in his own right.
Rolling Stone ranked him at number 31 in its Greatest Guitarists of All Time list for his work on a slide guitar affectionately called the Cooder-Caster, but he’s also a virtuoso on the mandolin, banjo and a handful of ethnic instruments. He is a world music aficionado, recording and creating music that goes far beyond his creation of the Buena Vista Social Club (coming to Red Butte later this summer—tickets still available!).
Ricky Skaggs, a bona fide member of bluegrass royalty, will be joining Cooder on stage. Skaggs was playing bluegrass with Bill Monroe at 6 years old, with Flatt and Scruggs at 7 and with Ralph Stanley by 16.
Skaggs is most well-known for his mandolin playing, but he’s also well practiced in fiddle, guitar and banjo.
Skaggs’ wife Sharon White rounds out the headliners, a vocalist with her own big-deal credentials—she’s a member of Grand Old Opry mainstays The Whites, who were featured on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack, which served as mainstream America’s introduction to bluegrass with their version of “Keep on the Sunny Side.”
But wait! There’s more! Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earle Keen opens.
Fans should expect lots of bluegrass, gospel and roots music. Full disclosure: I’m from Kentucky, this is the music of my people and I’m more than a little excited to see these guys bring the music from the hills of Appalachia to the Wasatch.
Inexplicably, there are tickets still available: $42 for garden members, $52 for the general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m..