The event is at 7 p.m. at FoxTale Book Shoppe as part of Skaggs’ tour for his new book “Kentucky Traveler.” Tickets cost $28 and include a copy of the musician’s memoir documenting four decades of travels.
Those who purchase a ticket will also have their book signed and get a photograph with the musician and author.
A free pre-party for Skaggs will be at the Park at City Center at 6 p.m., preceding the 7 p.m. signing and meet and greet at FoxTale Book Shoppe.
The pre-party will feature three musicians as a lively way to set off the evening, said Jackie Tanase, one of the three owners of the local bookstore. Featured musicians include Gene Schwettman, Randy Quick and Jimmy Holbrook.
Tanase said those who attend the night’s events might see Skaggs perform as well.
“I expect a turnout of sizable proportions. He has not been to the area before to my knowledge,” said Tanase, co-owner of the bookstore.
Skaggs has been playing music since the age of 5, when he started playing the mandolin. He performed on television on “The Martha White Show” at age 7 playing with Lester Scruggs and Earl Flat.
The bluegrass legend has won 14 Grammy’s between 1983 and 2009 for country and bluegrass performance. Skaggs has also won seven CMA’s and dozens of other awards for the Ricky Skaggs Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
“(It) is a very interesting thing to follow for people who follow country,” Tanase said.
However, she also urged all those with an interest in music to explore the book and come out for the event as well.
Tanase described Skaggs as spiritual in his performances. Considered a modern bluegrass revivalist, he plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, mandocaster and fiddle.
“‘Kentucky Traveler’ isn’t a Christian book by any means, but it is a book about a Christian,” according to promotional information from Skaggs.
In “Kentucky Traveler,” Skaggs gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of 40 years in music along with the Ten Commandments of bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky’s mentor Bill Monroe; the “Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs,” a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; “Songs the Lord Taught Us,” a primer on Skaggs’s most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes, promotional material for the book states.
“Kentucky Traveler” has been compared to Johnny Cash’s autobiography, and is billed as a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.
FoxTale Book Shoppe is at 105 E Main St. in Woodstock. For more information, call (770) 516-9989.