Pioneering guitarist and producer Ry Cooder is teaming with one of bluegrass and country music’s most iconic couples, Ricky Skaggs and his wife Sharon White, for a one-of-a-kind concert tour beginning next month. The Cooder-White-Skaggs Tour, launching in Salt Lake City, will kick off on June 16th and is slated to visit more than a dozen cities, running through November.
Skaggs and White have been married almost 34 years, during which they’ve made a number of albums, both together and separately. White has also recorded with her legendary family’s longtime group, the Whites, led by piano-playing patriarch Buck White, and featuring her sister Cheryl. In their respective and collaborative careers Skaggs and White also performed at venues around the world, and are both members of the Grand Ole Opry.
“Getting to work with Ry Cooder has been a dream of mine for a long time. He is a world-class musician,” Skaggs says in a statement. “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.”
For his part in the unique musical trek, Cooder, a six-time Grammy recipient with 17 solo LPs to his credit since 1970, is enthusiastic, to say the least.
“Cooder-White-Skaggs is the legacy express, or I’ll eat a bug,” he quips. “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.”
A virtuoso guitarist steeped in roots music and blues, Cooder is Number 31 on Rolling Stone‘s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists and has covered vast musical terrain, from Tex-Mex to Cuban bolero, in addition to playing on tracks by Flaco Jiménez, the Chieftains, the Rolling Stones and Randy Newman. In 1997, Cooder traveled to Cuba to produce and play with a group of musicians who had little exposure outside of their homeland, resulting in the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club and a landmark Grammy-winning LP. A sequel to the film was announced earlier this month.
Here are the dates and cities of the Cooder-White-Skaggs Tour:
June 16th – Salt Lake City
June 17th – Aspen, Colorado
June 19th – Boulder
June 21st – Telluride, Colorado
June 22nd – Denver
July 17th – Milwaukee
September 30th – Saratoga, California
October 2nd – San Francisco
October 5th – Arcata, California
October 6th – Portland, Oregon
October 7th – Seattle
November 10th and 11th – Alexandria, Virginia
November 14th – New York City
November 17th – Boston
November 18th – Portland, Maine