Sweetland to host pair of country legends this weekend

Published 7:17 pm Thursday, September 14, 2023

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Sweetland Amphitheatre will host LeAnn Rimes and Ricky Skaggs in separate concerts with a Southern country flair on Friday and Sunday.

Tickets for both shows are still available but they are selling well, according to Sweetland General Manager Brent Gibbs.

The multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes will perform on Friday night with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show expected to start at 8 p.m.

The country music legend has performed for 20-plus years but is still relatively young having started performing professionally when she was only 13 years old. Rimes rose to stardom when her rendition of “Blue” by Bill Mack became a Grammy-winning hit in 1996.

Rimes has plenty of hits that have hit the country and pop charts and has a new album released in 2022 titled God’s Work.

Though Rimes earned stardom as a country artist, she has jumped between genres performing pop, Christian and contemporary music throughout the years.

Rimes will perform with special guest, Daves Highway, an acoustic trio and family band from Nashville.

“LeAnn Rimes is going to have a fantastic performance. I’m excited about her. They’re very few artists like LeAnn,” Gibbs said.

Like Rimes, CMA Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs has also transcended several genres.

Fifteen-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs is known for country music and bluegrass but has more of a gospel flair.

Gibbs said that Skaggs still performs bluegrass and country stylistically, but lyrically, the content is similar to an old legacy heritage gospel style. 

“He would tell you that he’s always been a gospel artist,” Gibbs said, noting the roots of country and bluegrass in gospel music.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will headline the Sunday show with special guest Cindy Morgan.

Gates for the show will open at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday with the artists starting at 7 p.m.