RICKY SKAGGS AND BRUCE HORNSBY REUNITE FOR CLUCK OL’ HEN

RICKY SKAGGS AND BRUCE HORNSBY
REUNITE FOR CLUCK OL’ HEN  
Skaggs / Hornsby Live Album Set for August 20, 2013 Release
‘Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder Tour’ Kicks Off this Fall
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 11, 2013) – RICKY SKAGGS, one of Bluegrass and Country music’s most recognized ambassadors and BRUCE HORNSBY,
one of Pop’s most talented pianists and singer-songwriters are
reuniting for the first time since originally collaborating six years
ago.  On August 20, 2013 the two music legends will again come together, this time for a live album, titled CLUCK OL’ HEN (Skaggs Family Records).
Bluegrass
treasures and lively expanded hits wait to be discovered on this fresh
collection of songs from the masterful duo of Skaggs and Hornsby.  These
live songs were originally recorded when the two music icons hit the
tour circuit in support of their first collaborative album, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby.
 Hornsby’s spirited piano brings a new dimension to these songs, with
electrifying solos and improvisation thrown in the mix of Skaggs,
Hornsby and Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder.
“We
recorded quite a few of the live performances from our tour and came up
with a really great CD,” says Skaggs.  “It’s a great merging of two
different styles.  Listening to this live CD just reminded me of how
much fun we had touring together.  Every show was a gift.”
Hornsby
notes, “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of scores of collaborations
through the years.  Along with my time with the Grateful Dead, and the
various Spike Lee projects, I consider the long-time association with
Ricky to be the deepest and most satisfying collaboration of them all.
 Hopefully this record captures the sound of a bunch of guys having a
great time playing music together.  That’s what it sounds like to me.”
Without
any restrictions, the music is as fascinating and masterful as the two
stars who create it.  The pair blends songs drawn from deep roots in
mountain music, adding piano and Hornsby’s inimitable songwriting to
Skaggs’ instrumental core of mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo
into a musical feast.  Of course, classic Bluegrass is fully represented
with three Bill Monroe tunes, including the fast and furious “Bluegrass
Breakdown.”  Punctuating this release is a vibrantly expansive version
of Hornsby’s early hit “The Way It Is” and a performance of “White
Wheeled Limousine,” and to sum up the free-spirited nature of their
collaborations, Skaggs and Hornsby joyfully present the vintage fiddle
tune “Cluck Ol’ Hen.”  Skaggs and Hornsby kick up a storm with their mix
of high-lonesome harmonies, full throttle Bluegrass pickin’ and
improvisational piano. 
On
collaborating with Hornsby, Skaggs notes, “Working with Bruce Hornsby
is a show in itself.  He’s one of the best musicians I’ve ever played
with.  His talent level is very high and his take on Bluegrass music is
very much like Jazz.  It’s all just free form and fun.”
“I
have great respect for the traditions that Ricky Skaggs represents and
lives in his music and his life,” says Hornsby of Skaggs.  “When I come
into his world, I feel it’s my job to enhance that tradition, and maybe
add some new colors to the palette to paint with.  I also feel it’s my
job to make him (and his band) laugh a little.” 
Cluck Ol’ Hen is currently available for pre-sale at skaggsfamilyrecords.com.
In addition to releasing the live album, Skaggs and Hornsby hit the road this fall, embarking on the Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder Tour.  Thirteen dates are already on the books:
10/3 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium
10/4 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
10/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Royce Hall – UCLA
10/19 – Scottsdale, AZ – Virginia G. Piper Theater
10/20 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre
10/24 – Broken Arrow, OK – Broken Arrow Performing Center
10/25 – Overland, KS – Carlsen Center
10/26 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Bingo Casino
11/2 – Burnsville, MN – Burnsville PAC
11/20 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/21 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
About Ricky Skaggs
With
12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM
Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), 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. Skaggs and his
band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot,
performing more than 80 live dates each year.  He started his own record
label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12
consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.  
On August 13, 2013, Skaggs will release his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.”
 The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a
descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the
master himself.
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.
About Bruce Hornsby
GRAMMY® Award-winning
Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a
constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career.  His
commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is”–the title track
of Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s 1986 debut album–became the
most-played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP’s “Song of the
Year” award.  “The Way It Is” and subsequent hits as “Mandolin Rain”
and “Every Little Kiss,” established Hornsby as popular pop act, while
high- profile work with the likes of Don Henley and Huey Lewis made him
an in-demand collaborator.  He’s performed more than 100 concerts with
the Grateful Dead as guest keyboardist.  His work with the Dead
encouraged him to incorporate improvisation into his own performances,
while Hornsby’s eclectic musical interests have led to venture into a
wide array of musical styles. 
For more information on Bruce Hornsby, visit www.brucehornsby.com.
Cluck Ol’ Hen Track Listing:
1.  Intro: How Mountain Girls Can Love
2.  How Mountain Girls Can Love
3.  Intro: Toy Heart
4.  Toy Heart
5.  Intro: Bluegrass Breakdown
6.  Bluegrass Breakdown
7.  Intro: Darling Corey
8.  Darling Corey
9.  The Way It Is
10.  Intro: The Dreaded Spoon
11.  The Dreaded Spoon
12.  Gulf Of Mexico Fishing Boat Blues
13.  Intro: Sally Jo
14.  Sally Jo
15.  Little Maggie
16.  Intro: Little Maggie
17.  White Wheeled Limousine
18.  Intro: Cluck Ol’ Hen
19.  Cluck Ol’ Hen

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