Friday, March 4, 2016

Cooder-White-Skaggs @ Massey Hall, April 11

Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and Ry Cooder will be playing their bluegrass, country and gospel faves. 

Guitarist Ry Cooder, bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs and his longtime partner, country singer Sharon White of The Whites, have joined forces for the "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour, their maiden voyage as a musical trio. The road trip that began in Salt Lake City last June will bring them to Toronto for a Massey Hall show on April 11. See below for the list of announced dates.

"Getting to work with Ry Cooder has been a dream of mine for a long time. He is a world-class musician," notes Skaggs. "We met at a Grammy Awards show many years ago and thought it would be a blast to do something together sometime, and now we're getting to create new sounds around old music. But the best part is getting to share the stage every night with my wife and sweetheart Sharon White. My heart is full!"

Multi-instrumentalists Cooder and Skaggs will come together on stage to deliver a program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass music. They will be joined by White, Ry's son Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White and Cheryl White of The Whites.

"I always love singing and playing music with Ricky ... he's just my favorite in every way!" says White. "And we are both so excited to be doing shows this year with Ry Cooder. What an incredible artist! He is truly a 'one-of-a-kind' musician! Ricky and I share Ry's love for traditional country, bluegrass, and old-time gospel music. He is passionate about doing music that is authentic and real. It's infectious!"

"'Cooder-White-Skaggs' is the legacy express, or I'll eat a bug," quips Cooder. "You are going to hear four-part singing from the heart, the finest and best instrumental activity in the land, songs you know and love and to top it off, the indomitable Buck White on piano who will turn your money green. Now who's happy? That's the way we're gonna stay so knock on wood!" Watch their version of the Jimmy Martin bluegrass classic Hold What You Got below.

Cooder-White-Skaggs tour dates

Mar 30 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival
Mar 31 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Apr 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
Apr 2 - Tampa, FL - Straz Center
Apr 3 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Atlanta
Apr 5 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Apr 6 and 7 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Apr 9 - Wilmington, DE - The Grand Opera House
Apr 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Apr 13 and 14 - Ottawa, ON - Centrepointe Theatre
Apr 16 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre of Ithaca
Apr 17 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall

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