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Ricky Skaggs

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Ricky Skaggs (born July 18, 1954 in Lawrence County, Kentucky) is a 14 time Grammy Winner and a country and bluegrass star, singer, musician, producer, and composer.

Skaggs’s music career began in 1970 when he joined Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris’s “Hot Band”. He wrote the arrangements for Harris’s bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging, Skaggs sang harmony, and played mandolin and fiddle. In 2000, he shared the stage with the now defunct jam band Phish.

Skaggs moved to Nashville in 1980 and was signed to Sony Records, where he produced his debut album, Waitin’ For The Sun To Shine. The album produced four successful singles, including two number one country hits. Many people say he rescued country music from the doldrums it had found itself in the 1970s. He was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1982. He racked up 12 number one hits and 6 top ten singles during the 1980s. Skaggs picked up dozens of industry awards in the ensuing years.

He has made many fans due to his dedication to the traditional bluegrass style of music. “I always want to try to promote the old music, as well as trying to grow (musically), and be a pioneer too,” Skaggs once said. Because of this approach to his music, Skaggs has been considered to be the founding father of Neotraditional Country.

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  • DeathEncryptor

    country rocks but bluegrass rules!

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mikebreeze

    Ricky Skaggs is the person that got me interested in bluegrass music. A great performer.

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • xDDDre

    Oh, that's messy... There's Ricky Skaggs, there's Kentucky Thunder and there's Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. :S

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • SYLVIASPAIN

    VERY NICE!!!!!!

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • IRSARGE

    It's finger pickin goooood!..................

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • IRSARGE

    gooooooood!

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • joeldarling

    Met him many times... super nice guy and an incredible musician!

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Brickmachine

    How can you not love Ricky.....he puts on a grand show and his talent is beyond belief....this is a great song that makes your toe tap even if it doesn't want to!

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • reddogtoni

    Howdy!! Sure do wish you had Somebody's Praying & Jesus Hold My Hand on here! Oh Well, I luv ya anyhow.

    15 Mar 2008 Reply
  • yoscar

    yeah!

    11 Jan 2008 Reply
  • xDDDre

    Bluegrass Breakdown Forever !!!

    29 Jun 2007 Reply

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