BRUCE HORNSBY AND RICKY SKAGGS CREATE MUSIC TOGETHER ON “CMT CROSSROADS”

01/17/07



GRAMMY WINNERS AND MASTER MUSICIANS BRUCE HORNSBY AND RICKY SKAGGS CREATE MUSIC TOGETHER ON “CMT CROSSROADS”

Duo to Tape CMT CROSSROADS in Nashville on Thursday, January 18


NASHVILLE – January 17, 2006 – CMT CROSSROADS unites two award-winning musicians when it pairs Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs for the newest episode of the critically-acclaimed series. The accomplished performers will take the stage before an invitation-only Nashville audience on Thursday, January 18. CMT CROSSROADS: BRUCE HORNSBY AND RICKY SKAGGS will premiere Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT CROSSROADS pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genres—pop, rock, R&B—to play together, swap stories, and share their common love of music. Recent episodes of CROSSROADS have included Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town; Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash; Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett; Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; and John Fogerty and Keith Urban.

Bruce Hornsby and his band, The Range, emerged in 1986 with the release of his multi-platinum album The Way It Is. The album scored three Top 20 hits, including its No. 1 title track, and earned the group its first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. To date, Hornsby has sold more than 10 million records and collaborated with artists such as Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson. In the early 1990s, he performed some 100 concerts as a part-time member of the legendary rock band the Grateful Dead. His career accolades include a 1989 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Recording for “Valley Road,” from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II.

Skaggs was recently nominated for Best Bluegrass Album Grammy for Instrumentals, his most recent release with Kentucky Thunder. An eleven time Grammy Award winner in a remarkable six different categories, Skaggs is an icon of American music whose career has come full circle – from beginnings in bluegrass, including a spot at age 15 in Ralph Stanley's band, to mainstream country stardom in the 1980s and a recent series of acclaimed and bestselling bluegrass albums.
Hornsby and Skaggs have just completed work on a new album together, slated for release March 20, 2007 via SonyBMG/Legacy.
CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Taillight TV. Sarah Brock serves as executive producer for CMT.
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