Local bluegrass artist on 'David Letterman' tonight with Alan Jackson
Folks tuning into “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 will recognize a Tri-Stater who is no rank stranger to the bluegrass scene both here and around the world.
Isonville, Ky., resident and veteran bluegrass artist Don Rigsby is currently doing about 30 dates with country superstar Alan Jackson as part of an all-star bluegrass band — Scott Coney (acoustic guitar), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Tim Dishman (bass), Rob Ickes (dobro) and Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby (vocals) — that recorded Jackson’s latest, and first bluegrass CD, “The Bluegrass Album” that was released in September.
Rigsby played the world famous Carnegie Hall on Monday and then taped the Letterman show Tuesday afternoon in midtown Manhattan.
The show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. EST locally on WOWK-Channel 13 will also featured actor Rob Lowe, and 2013 IndyCar Champ, Scott Dixon.
Jackson’s bluegrass album, released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright, features originals that Jackson penned for the album include such titles as “Blacktop,” “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” and “Mary.” Covers on The Bluegrass Album include The Dillards’ “There Is A Time,” John Anderson’s “Wild and Blue” and a ?-time version of Bill Monroe’s seminal “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Rigsby, who also fronts his own band Midnight Call, will be in concert next in the Tri-State on Saturday, Nov. 2, as he is in concert at the Rattle Snake Ridge Community Center in Grayson, Ky.
A life-long singer brought up in the Stanley Brothers tradition, Rigsby is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time SPBGMA Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. He also shared two IBMA Awards while performing with Longview and sang on a Grammy-winning album by rocker John Fogerty.
Rigsby has released five solo albums and was awarded two IBMA awards for his role as producer of the Larry Sparks project “40” for Recorded Event of the Year and Album of the Year.
In 2006, Rigsby and company received another award for Recorded Event of the Year for participating in the “Celebration of Life” project for Saint Jude’s. He continues to be a sought after producer, Session Musician and Singer.
He has recorded two albums with Dudley Connell, and continues to record with Midnight Call and Longview.
His latest release, which came out in August, is “Doctor’s Orders,” a tribute to his hero Ralph Stanley that features special guests Larry Sparks, Charlie Sizemore, Ricky Skaggsa nd Doctor Ralph himself.
Go online at www.donrigsby.com to see videos of Rigsby, hear more of his tunes and see his tour schedule.