Stephenville is a great "down-home" Texas town according to 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs who will take the stage at Birdsong Amphitheater in City Park at 8 p.m. Monday.
Skaggs will return to the lineup of the TexStar Summer Concert Series while celebrating Labor Day in Stephenville.
Skaggs said his good friend Doug Montgomery brings him back every year for the performance.
"Doug is one of my best friends and Stephenville has nothing besides good ole' Texas people who love country, gospel and bluegrass music," Skaggs said. "Although my wife doesn't travel to all of my shows, Sharron is coming with me to Stephenville."
The concert setlist will have a familiar sound as many of the songs Skaggs will perform are rearrangements of his favorite country hits.
"I love the music I play nowadays," Skaggs said. "I don't play with a full band very often anymore so we have taken some of our hits from the 80s and 90s and rearranged them to be more of a bluegrass style. What you will hear is a style of music based around an acoustic sound. This style has a lot of joy that other types of music don't have."
"Country Hits Bluegrass Style" is his latest record released in July and is graced by Skaggs's "joyful" style of music.
Bluegrass sounds such as the mandolin, fiddle, bass and guitar accompany memorable tracks such as "Heartbroke," "Uncle Pen," "Country Boy" and more.
"A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two" will be released Sept. 27. The 10-track follow up to Vol. 1 features the Skaggs family including wife Sharron and children Luke and Molly.
Skaggs is also finishing up his autobiography, which is expected to hit bookshelves next spring.
While he loves trips to Stephenville, he doesn't look forward to the heat. He recently experienced Texas temperatures with his wife when they visited Houston for the prayer rally promoted by Gov. Rick Perry.
"Hopefully we can celebrate Labor Day with some cooler temperatures," Skaggs said.
Skaggs and concert-goers may be in luck, The National Weather Service is forecasting a high pressure system to move across North Texas late this week bringing 90-degree temperatures to Erath County.
Monday's concert is free and open to the public.