Friday, June 22

A dynamic duo of Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby combine bluegrass and piano, building on each artist’s reputation for a progressive take on tradition.

The two worked together on “Big Mon, Ricky Skaggs And Friends Sing The Songs Of Bill Monroe” in 2002 and promised to record a duet album someday.

That album, titled simply “Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby,” came out in March and the pair bring their tour in support of it to Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Like the album, the concert should be a mix of old and new songs, instrumentals and vocal music. Maybe they’ll even play the surreal bluegrass cover of Rick James’ signature song “Super Freak,” that closes the album. You can hear a sample of it at and read more about at

Ashland music teacher Emy Phelps opens the show. A songwriter, folk singer and guitarist, she has been compared to Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch, and Emmylou Harris for her American Roots style. Her first CD, “As It Should Be,” was released earlier this year and has been heard on “The Folk Show” on Jefferson Public Radio.

Reserved tickets cost $41; lawn seats cost $25; and children through age 12 get in for $17.