Ricky Skaggs recently celebrated his 60th birthday, but the prolific bluegrass artist said slowing down "is not in my future."
"My future is to keep making music and to be creative," said Skaggs, who will play Ryman Auditorium Thursday night. "I feel like God created us to be creative. That's just who we are as people. We shouldn't be copies. We ought to be originals."
Skaggs' Thursday night concert is the final installment in this season's Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series and he plans to welcome on stage 10-year-old fiddler Carson Peters, who recently joined him on the "Grand Ole Opry."
Skaggs also will bring out wife Sharon White. The pair are gearing up to release their duets album, "Hearts Like Ours," on Sept. 30.
"I feel like we're making great music, still," Skaggs said. "We're inspired. We're encouraged. We're excited about life. We're excited about music. We've been married (almost) 33 years, there's just a lot for us to celebrate right now."
He said the couple enjoyed the process of working on the album together including choosing songs and collaborating on arrangements.
"It's just really good stuff, and Sharon is just singing so good," he said. "I really hear her heart in the music and mine's certainly there."
Skaggs noted that the duets project was country music instead of bluegrass and said that he even picked his electric guitar back up for the album like he used to do "back in the day."
However, the singer said he would play bluegrass music at Thursday night's show. Start time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $27.50 at www.ryman.com.