Grammy winners Travis Tritt, Vince Gill to help open Earl Scruggs Center

Grammy Award-winning performers Travis Tritt and Vince Gill will be on a Jan. 11 program in Shelby for the opening of the new Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stores from the American South.

The evening’s event, “Remembering Earl: Music & Stories,” will be at the Malcolm Brown Auditorium on the campus of Shelby High School.

Also on the program will be Scruggs’ sons, Gary and Randy; dobro player Rob Ickes of Blue Highway and award-winning banjo player Jim Mills, formerly with Ricky Skaggs.

Five-string banjo master Earl Scruggs, who died in 2012, was a native of Cleveland County.

The official ribbon-cutting and dedication will be held earlier that day at the state-of-the-art Scruggs Center, located in the restored 1907 courthouse in downtown Shelby.

Speaking on behalf of the family, J.T. Scruggs, chairman of the Scruggs Center and Earl’s nephew, said in a release: “Earl would have been 90 on Jan. 6. This is a great way to celebrate his birthday and the opening of the Center. It’s going to be a great show.”

Tickets will go on sale in mid-October, and details will be announced.