The Saline Fiddlers Earn Standing Ovations Opening for Rick Skaggs

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 06/17/2019 - 21:07
The Saline Fiddlers opened for Grand Ole Opry star Ricky Skaggs on May 25 at The Michigan Theater. All photos by Misty Lyn Bergeron.

When Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder play a concert, there's rarely an opening act. After all, when you are a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame with 15 GRAMMY® awards under your belt, you really don't need anyone to warm up the crowd for you. People show up expecting to hear a legend at the top of his craft.  That's what they always get. But sometimes, exceptions are made and on those nights, magic can happen. On Saturday, May 25, at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic took the stage ahead of Skaggs and reminded more than 900 hardcore bluegrass from across the Midwest that big talent often comes from small towns. Toward the end of The Fiddlers' fiery 30-minute opening set, with the audience roaring its approval after each song, Skaggs made a surprise appearance and joined them on stage for two encores -- The Orange Blossom Special and Blackberry Blossom. Together, they brought the audience to its feet, adding another exciting chapter to The Fiddlers' 25-year history of landmark performances, including gigs at The White House, the Kennedy Center, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and more.   


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