Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


April 12, 2013

Kentucky Music Trail returns

Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Lee Brice to perform

ASHLAND — The Kentucky Music Trail will return this summer, featuring performances by Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Lee Brice.

Tickets are available at paramountartscenter.com. For special seating in the first five rows, call Jody Collins at (606) 324-3175 ext. 316.

Dwight Yoakam

8 p.m., June 8

Kentucky native Dwight Yoakam isn’t only known for his style, which features a cowboy hat pulled low over his brown. He’s lauded as a brilliant songwriter.

His debut album, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” set the tone for his career, drew praise from critics and fans and established him as the leader of the New Traditionalist movement in country music.

Yoakam has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time.”  Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10.  More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,”  “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned 21 nominations.

He’s also known for his career as an actor, having appeared with Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker and Nicholas Cage. His first role was as a truck driver in John Dahl’s film noir “Red Rock West” in 1992. Next came his appearance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award-winning film “Sling Blade,” for which he and his co-stars were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild’s award for outstanding performance by a cast. In “Panic Room” he was antagonist Raoul and he appeared in Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes Film Festival award-winning “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.”

His latest Warner Bros. album is “3 Pears” and blends rock, Americana, pop and soul with his edgy country sound. Singer/songwriter Beck co-produced two tracks and Kid Rock co-wrote the opener “Take Hold Of My Hand.”

TIckets are $35, $45, $50 and $55.

Ricky Skaggs

8 p.m., July 27

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs was credited by legendary guitarist Chet Atkins with “single-handedly saving country music.”

Getting his start as a child with a mandolin in Cordell, he was considered a master musician by his 21st birthday.

When Bill Monroe came to Martha for a performance, the crowd wouldn’t let up until “Little Ricky Skaggs” got up to play. Monroe called the 6-year-old to the stage and placed his own mandolin around his neck. By 7, Skaggs had made his Grand Ole Opry debut and performed with bluegrass legends Flatt and Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show, for which he earned his first paycheck for a musical performance.

Skaggs ws the youngest to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1982. He won eight awards from the Country Music Association, four Grammys and dozens of other honors.

He has established his own record label which has released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated records and has worked with The Del McCoury Band, Jerry and Tammy Sullivan, Blue Highway, The Whites, Mountain Heart, Melonie Cannon, Ryan Holladay, Keith Sewell, Cherryholmes and Cadillac Sky.

Tickets are $30, $35 and $40

Lee Brice

7 p.m., Aug. 18

Four-time Academy of Country Music nominee Lee Brice is finding success with his second album, “Hard 2 Love.”

“Everything on the new album is very pertinent to who I am right now and where I am in my life,” the South Carolina native said. “I have some very personal stuff on there, and I had to be really honest with it. Hopefully, folks will see that.”

The single “A Woman Like You,” a married couple’s starkly honest meditation on love and devotion, is getting airplay and immediately upon release, the mid-tempo ballad became iTunes’ number five most-purchased song and sold more than 30,000 copies a week.

Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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