On the Main Stage this year!
ABOUT THE BANDS
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category, along with countless other awards, 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. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.
He counts the current configuration of Kentucky Thunder among the best group of musicians he has ever worked with. "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win." The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Paul Brewster (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar), Russ Carson (banjo), Jake Workman (lead guitar), Mike Barnett (fiddle), Dennis Parker (baritone vocals, guitar) and Jeff Picker (bass, bass vocals).
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Born in 1944, near Kingsport, TN, Doyle Lawson has loved the sound of music from childhood. He could hardly wait for Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry and Bill Monroe, and he decided that he wanted to play that kind of music. His family sang gospel music when he was young, and Doyle acquired his love of quartet music early on. Doyle began playing mandolin when he was eleven years old, on a borrowed instrument. He mostly taught himself to play by listening to the radio and a few records, and watching the occasional TV show.
Doyle played in bands with Jimmy Martin, J.D.Crowe, and the Country Gentlemen for more than ten years. In 1979 he wanted to put together his own group, so he formed Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. That first group laid the foundation for what has become the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver sound. Performing and recording both gospel and secular music has always been important to Doyle, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have recorded nearly 40 CDs. Many of those have been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards, and the band has won numerous IBMA and SPBGMA awards over the years.
Doyle plays mandolin for the band and sings baritone, tenor and lead. Stephen Burwell plays fiddle. On the dobro is Josh Swift, who sings bass. Jake Vanover plays guitar and sings lead and tenor. Jerry Cole sings lead and tenor and plays bass. Joe Dean plays both banjo and guitar, and occasionally sings lead.