Multi-Grammy winner to headline Roots and Blues Festival

Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will headline the Roots and Blues Festival on August 18, 2017.
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SALMON ARM – Country and bluegrass heavyweight Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will headline the Roots and Blues Festival in its 25th year.

Skaggs is a notable artist who has won 14 Grammys and was the youngest artist to be inducted in the Grand Ole Opry, according to a media release from the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.

The festival is hoping the announcement of Skaggs' performance will bring back long-time attendees and attract first timers.

“Skaggs has had such an impact on Americana music that it is hard to know where to begin when talking about his almost a half century of performing, touring and recording,” Peter North of the Roots and Blues Festival says in the release. “It is a true honour to have Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder headline our festival. His presence will be a huge draw to music lovers from all generations – we’re excited about that.”

Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will be part of an afternoon workshop focused on the art of audience engagement.

“Skaggs’ willingness to not only perform, but interact and teach our audiences is fantastic. It speaks to his skill but also his character. I know he will feel at home in Salmon Arm – and hopefully this will be the first of many visits,” North says.

Early bird three-day passes are available online starting at $149.

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