That's the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music.
Rickie Lee Skaggs   born July 18, ,  known professionally as Ricky Skaggs , is an American country and bluegrass singer , musician , producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin ; however, he also plays fiddle , guitar , mandocaster and banjo. Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. At age 6, he played mandolin and sang on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television's Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young. In his mid-teens, Skaggs met a fellow teen guitarist, Keith Whitley , and the two started playing together with Whitley's banjoist brother Dwight on radio shows. Crowe 's New South. He wrote the arrangements for Harris's bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging for Harris, Skaggs sang harmony and played mandolin and fiddle in the Hot Band.
Ricky Skaggs Bio
July Beginning with that appearance at the age of 7, Ricky has blazed an astonishing path through music, first as a sideman and then as a star, earning lasting acclaim for his signature combination of skill, passion, tradition and creativity. The child of a musical family, he entered the world of professional music with another future star, his friend Keith Whitley, when bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley took the teenage musicians under his wing in for summer touring and recording. High-profile stints with the Country Gentlemen and J. He was among the Top 20 artists of the decade and the Top of the past 50 years in airplay. He also earned eight awards from the Country Music Association, including Entertainer of the Year in
Within just a few more years, he had also become extraordinarily proficient on guitar and fiddle. Crowe and the New South, and his own Boone Creek. Skaggs, meanwhile, continued to develop a reputation as a string virtuoso with a taste for musical innovation. The result was a series of hit albums and some one dozen number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. In Skaggs became a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry , and through the early s he won a series of major awards for his New Traditionalist work. Among his most notable honours were multiple Grammy Awards —for both his instrumental work , and his tenor vocals —and numerous Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year Renowned for their driving tempos and clean, fast instrumental technique, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder became and remained a celebrated force in the field, winning seven Grammy Awards—including five awards for best bluegrass album , , , , —by the end of the first decade of the 21st century. During that period Skaggs also became an outspoken advocate of hard-core bluegrass. Although Skaggs was widely viewed as the public face of traditional bluegrass, he was a highly versatile musician with broad musical interests who displayed experimentalist as well as preservationist tendencies.