Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs And His Band, Kentucky Thunder, Roll Into The Ark Monday

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Skaggs acclaimed band, Kentucky Thunder, will back him for the Ark show. “This group of guys meets my approval every night,” he said. “Each and every one of the pickers totally amazes me in every show. Get your tickets early Skaggs past shows at The Ark have been sellouts. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Ark, 316 S.
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Comedy in A.C. and bluegrass music in Millville kick off the weekend At The Shore Today

Nature NJ AUDUBON’S CAPE MAY BIRD OBSERVATORY, Avalon Seawatch count of seabirds at Seventh Street and the beach, free; Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point. 609-861-0700. FORSYTHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. guided birding and nature walk, Forsythe NWR visitor center, off Route 9 in Oceanville, Galloway Township.
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Guggino said the collaboration of their different backgrounds was like two worlds meeting. For him, it was probably the most traditional thing he had worked on as far as bluegrass goes, Guggino said. For us, it was probably the least traditional bluegrass thing that we’d ever done in the studio. The band had already toyed with unconventional musical elements, like using different chord progressions and song structures outside of traditional bluegrass standards. For Tell the Ones I Love, drummer Michael Ashworth uses a box kit a wooden percussion instrument that he plays with a kick drum pedal, brush sticks and mallets to produce a more organic and acoustic tone. They dont use snare or bass drums. We worked hard to learn that traditional bluegrass sound and use those instruments, Guggino said. I think we’re staying within the format but pushing the boundaries with the songwriting, arrangements, chord structures and things like that. Guggino said there are songs from past albums that they never play live, but on their current tour, theyve been playing every song from the new album.
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