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October 3, 2018IM -
On September 27, Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame during the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fellow Local 257 member Marty Stuart had the honor of inducting Skaggs.
“He’s a radical revisionist, he’s a traditionalist, he’s a keeper of the flame, he’s an innovator, he’s always keeping his music moving forward, he’s invited so many people into the world of country and bluegrass music, he has become a universal touchstone to our kind of music,” says Stuart. “Tonight, it’s my honor to ask Ricky Skaggs to come up here and receive bluegrass music’s most coveted award. I induct Ricky Skaggs, gladly, into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.”
“I appreciate this award so much,” said Skaggs. “This means so much to me because it’s the music of my youth. It’s the foundation of everything I’ve ever recorded. I want to thank the IBMA and all those who voted for me.” Skaggs will also be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.
After induction, the Hall of Fame plaques are installed in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. An Unveiling Ceremony takes place at the museum on Opening Day of the museum’s ROMP festival. Thereafter, the plaques are on permanent exhibit.
The brand new Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum facility will celebrate its grand opening October 18-20.