Ricky Skaggs

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Ricky Skaggs
Ricky skaggs performing.jpg
Ricky Skaggs in 2007
Background information
Birth nameRicky Lee Skaggs
Born(1954-07-18) July 18, 1954 (age 60)
Cordell, Kentucky
GenresCountry, bluegrass, gospel, folk
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, session musician, bandleader, producer, arranger
Instrumentssinger, mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle
Years active1960s-present
LabelsSugar Hill, Epic, Rounder, DCC, Atlantic, Camden, Rebel, Hollywood, Legacy, Skaggs Family
Associated actsRalph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, J. D. Crowe and New South, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, The Whites, Kentucky Thunder, Bruce Hornsby
Websitehttp://www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com/
 
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Ricky Skaggs
Ricky skaggs performing.jpg
Ricky Skaggs in 2007
Background information
Birth nameRicky Lee Skaggs
Born(1954-07-18) July 18, 1954 (age 60)
Cordell, Kentucky
GenresCountry, bluegrass, gospel, folk
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, session musician, bandleader, producer, arranger
Instrumentssinger, mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle
Years active1960s-present
LabelsSugar Hill, Epic, Rounder, DCC, Atlantic, Camden, Rebel, Hollywood, Legacy, Skaggs Family
Associated actsRalph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, J. D. Crowe and New South, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, The Whites, Kentucky Thunder, Bruce Hornsby
Websitehttp://www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com/

Ricky Lee Skaggs (born July 18, 1954) is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. He started playing music at age 5 after he was given a mandolin by his father, Hobert. 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. By 1970, they had earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and Skaggs and Keith Whitley were thereafter invited to join Stanley's band, the Clinch Mountain Boys

Skaggs later joined The Country Gentlemen in Washington, DC, J. D. Crowe's New South. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. He wrote the arrangements for Harris's 1980 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.

Neotraditionalism and experimentation[edit]

In the 1990s and 2000s, Skaggs went back to his bluegrass roots, and also experimented with new sounds. With his band, Kentucky Thunder, he is a perennial winner of Grammy Awards and International Bluegrass Music Association for best bluegrass album.

Ricky Skaggs jams with the Old Crow Medicine Show at the Grand Ole Opry on February 23, 2013

In 2000, he shared the stage with Vermont-based jam band, Phish.[1] On March 20, 2007, Skaggs released an album with rock musician Bruce Hornsby.

In 2008, Skaggs released an album he recorded with The Whites on his Skaggs Family Records label.

In 2008, Skaggs recorded a bluegrass version of "Old Enough" by the Raconteurs with Ashley Monroe and the Raconteurs. He played mandolin on the track as well as sharing vocals with Jack White, Brendan Benson, and Ashley Monroe.

In 2011, Skaggs with other Bluegrass musicians featured with Irish band, The Brock McGuire Band on their album 'Green Grass Blue Grass'. An exploration of the connection between Irish Traditional Music and American Bluegrass and Appalachian music.

In 2012, Skaggs had collaborate with Barry Gibb on the song, "Soldier's Son" which was released on Music to My Ears.

Personal life[edit]

Skaggs has been married to Sharon White of The Whites since August 1981.[2] They have a daughter, Molly, and a son, Lucas.[3]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

CMA (Country Music Association) Awards[edit]

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards[edit]

BluegrassJournal.com Readers Poll: We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Lewis Family & The Easter Brothers (artists); Jeff & Sheri Easter (producers); Daywind Records

TNN/Music City News Country Awards[edit]

Other Awards and Accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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