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Country Picks: Ry Cooder teams with Ricky Skaggs at UNC

Guitar luminary Ry Cooder will perform with bluegrass marvel Ricky Skaggs and his talented wife, Sharon White, for an evening of musical brilliance Friday at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.
Guitar luminary Ry Cooder will perform with bluegrass marvel Ricky Skaggs and his talented wife, Sharon White, for an evening of musical brilliance Friday at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. Getty Images

Write this one down as Concert of the Year. Guitar luminary Ry Cooder teams with bluegrass marvel Ricky Skaggs and his talented wife, Sharon White, for an evening of musical brilliance Friday at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. Beginning with his near-cultish solo albums of the 1970s, through his work with Buena Vista Social Club, Cooder’s work ranks as musical genius. He’s recorded with the Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton and others. Multiple Grammy winner Skaggs began his career at age 15 with bluegrass patriarch, Ralph Stanley. In 2007, he moved beyond standard bluegrass genre, recording and touring with rock pianist Bruce Hornsby. A member of the Grand Ole Opry’s family band, The Whites, Sharon’s vocals echo the style of the Carter Family’s Sara Carter. When all is said and sung, this concert promises to be one for the ages.

For information on the 8 p.m. show, go to carolinaperformingarts.org.

Other highlights

  • If you’re in the mood for more genre-busting bluegrass, the Travelin’ McCourys bring their Bluegrass Ball to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Saturday. Ronnie and Robbie McCoury of the award-winning Del McCoury Band will join with Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon for a show that begins with ’grass and journeys to the far side. Also Saturday, the Eli Young Band brings their rockin’ country show to the Ritz in Raleigh.
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