Plymouth - Country/Bluegrass Icon Ricky Skaggs at Monkey: 02/04

Ricky Skaggs brings his Country Hits and Kentucky Bluegrass to the Flying Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 4th.

Plymouth, NH.  At 7:30pm on Saturday, February 4th The Flying Monkey is honored to present an evening with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.   Ricky has amassed 14 Grammys, 7 CMAs, and 12 IBMAs, over a dozen Country Hits, and is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music’s most recognized ambassadors.  Local country phenom Natalie Turgeon will open the evening.  Tickets for this concert start at $45.

Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in country music history.  If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.”  Not one to rest on his laurels, Ricky Skaggs is now actively defining and re-shaping the direction of another indigenous American genre of music – bluegrass.

A life full of music, that’s the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. 2012 marks the 53rd year since Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin, and this profoundly influential musician continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. 

A multi-talented country and bluegrass artist, Ricky is typically seen performing on a mandolin, he also plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo with his band, Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs has played with greats such as Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Emmylou Harris.  Marking Ricky's 50th year in music is the release of Country Hits Bluegrass Style (2011), a compilation of many of Skaggs' #1 country hits and fan favorites, played in a bluegrass style. Combining his country and bluegrass roots along with Ricky's impeccable tenor voice, his eight time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year, Kentucky Thunder, and some of Ricky's original award-winning country band alumni together with special friends add to the magic of this newest release. 

“This group of guys meets my approval every night,” Ricky says of Kentucky Thunder. “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.”

This will be a rare opportunity to see this American Music Icon at the peak of his career.

The former Plymouth Theatre on Main Street in Plymouth, NH, the funky, 1920’s era playhouse was renovated in 2010 and updated with all the modern amenities of today’s state of the art live entertainment venue. What was previously a two-screen movie theater has been converted into one intimate performance hall. State of the Art Sound and Lighting was installed by renowned acoustic engineer Bill Blaine.  The venue boasts a unique seating layout including cabaret style table sections and bars on both the main floor and the balcony. Reserved table seating offers both food and beverage service in the main hall during performances, starting as early as an hour and a half before showtime.

Tickets for the Ricky Skaggs concert are on sale now for $45, and $55 for Premier seats. For tickets and more information on concerts and the Flying Monkey Performance Center, visit or call 603-536-2551.