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Ricky Skaggs guest of ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic and Country Music

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JOHNSON CITY (March 25, 2014) — Ricky Skaggs will be the guest of honor at the 11th annual Celebration of ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic and Country Music at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol on Saturday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

Guest of honor Ricky Skaggs will present a selection of songs, accompanied by the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, during a special segment of the program.

Skaggs’ recent autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music,” will be available for purchase at the concert.

The concert showcases the ETSU program’s top bands. Among the performers will be the ETSU Celtic and Country Pride Bands, the newly founded ETSU Mandolin Orchestra and international students from Iran, England, Canada and Scotland.

Offering the world’s first Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies, ETSU is widely considered the “home of bluegrass, old time and country music in higher education.” Since 1982, students from around the world have learned traditional Appalachian music on the ETSU campus.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students, children and seniors.

For tickets, call the Paramount box office at (423) 274-8920. For more information, call the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies office at (423) 439-7072.

For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.