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Preston’s picks: Ricky Skaggs at Arlington Music Hall; Jake Bugg at House of Blues

Posted 2:30pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Ricky Skaggs at Arlington Music Hall

Knee-deep in awards (more than a dozen Grammys, eight CMA and eight ACM awards, along with countless other honors) and showing no signs of slowing down after a half-century in the music business, bluegrass pioneer Ricky Skaggs brings his mellifluous voice, ferocious skills and peerless backing band, Kentucky Thunder, to one of the more intimate rooms in North Texas for an evening of good old-fashioned country music. Skaggs, who released his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler, last year, also unveiled a live LP, Cluck Ol’ Hen, recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Bruce Hornsby.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $35-$60.

Jake Bugg at House of Blues

Less than six months after performing one of the best concerts I saw last year, British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg returns to North Texas for another round of gorgeously rendered rock. Touring behind his Rick Rubin-produced sophomore LP, Shangri-La, Bugg has made critics and fans swoon, thanks to his singular voice and knack for synthesizing the past in remarkable ways. With Albert Hammond Jr. and the Skins.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $25-$30.

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