On Saturday night, Country Music Hall of Fame member, RICKY SKAGGS jumped on stage at the Grand Ole Opry with emerging Nashville-based band KING CALAWAY for a performance of The Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road.” The bluegrass-infused cover featured Skaggs on mandolin and King Calaway’s own Austin Luther on stand-up bass along with seven-part harmonies (fitting for the song).
Watch the one-of-kind performance below:
“When we made our Grand Ole Opry debut, I got a chance to see Ricky perform in his dressing room and I was so moved—I couldn’t believe I got to witness one of my idols so in his element now, getting to perform with him and on the Opry stage—it was a dream,” said King Calaway’s Caleb Miller.
Aiming to recapture the magic of the Opry performance, Skaggs and King Calaway will reunite at the band’s performance on the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday (June 6). Purchase tickets here. This will mark the rising Country stars’ first CMA Fest where they will also be performing at the HGTV Lodge.
Following CMA Fest, King Calaway will add another milestone to its rapidly rising journey, as they are set to make their national television performance debut June 10 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band will perform their hit single, “World For Two”, off their self-titled debut EP released in January. “World For Two” was the most added song at country radio in its first week at US radio, has been in the Top 5 for consumption per spin and streams per spin for the past six weeks and continues to grow rapidly across streaming platforms.
No stranger to large audiences, the act on the rise recently opened for Garth Brooks at his U.S. Bank Stadium show in Minneapolis, MN on May 3, 2019. Garth himself introduced the band onstage as the opening act, marking the first time he had done this in his career. The band has been named one of seven country acts to watch in 2019 by Billboard, who praises the EP as “rife with thick harmonies [and] poppy energy” and named as one of “2019 Artists To Watch” by Amazon Music.
ABOUT KING CALAWAY:
Six unique voices. Six top-notch instrumentalists. Three different countries. Featuring a half dozen musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, King Calaway is proof that there’s strength in numbers. Hailing from across the globe — from the small towns of the American Midwest to the small coastal country of Gibraltar; from the Atlantic seaboard to the Central Belt of Scotland — King Calaway brings a worldly perspective. They’re country stars for a new generation, singing songs that erase the boundaries between genres and countries. Comprised of bandmates Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, and Austin Luther, King Calaway isn’t looking to blend into the crowd. They’re not even looking to fit in. They’re in the business of standing out…and King Calaway stands tall.
ABOUT RICKY SKAGGS:
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. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released 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. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits. For more information, visit rickyskaggs.com.