|Birth name Rickie Lee Skaggs|
Spouse Sharon White (m. 1981)
Role Singer · rickyskaggs.com
|Name Ricky Skaggs|
Years active 1960s-present
|Born July 18, 1954 (age 61)
Cordell, Kentucky, U.S. (1954-07-18) |
Genres Country, bluegrass, gospel, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, session musician, bandleader, producer, arranger
Instruments Vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle
Labels Sugar Hill, Epic, Rounder, DCC, Atlantic, Camden, Rebel, Hollywood, Legacy, Skaggs Family
Children Lucas Skaggs, Molly Skaggs
Albums Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Ho, Bluegrass Rules!, The Three Pickers, Love's Gonna Get Ya!, Skaggs & Rice
No doubt about it ricky skaggs and sharon white with kentucky thunder 5 9 2015
Rickie Lee Skaggs (born July 18, 1954), 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.
- No doubt about it ricky skaggs and sharon white with kentucky thunder 5 9 2015
- Early career
- Neotraditionalism and experimentation
- Personal life
- Grammy Awards
- CMA Country Music Association Awards
- ACM Academy of Country Music Awards
- IBMA International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
- TNNMusic City News Country Awards
- Other Awards and Accomplishments
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. In 1976, Skaggs formed progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek, including members Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas. 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
Skaggs launched his own country career in 1980, achieving 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards. In 1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever be inducted at that time. Guitarist and producer Chet Atkins credited Skaggs with "single-handedly" saving country music. 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.
In 2000, he shared the stage with Vermont-based jam band, Phish. 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.
Also in 2011, Skaggs contributed to Moody Bluegrass TWO...Much Love, a bluegrass tribute album to the British Progressive Rock band The Moody Blues. Skaggs sang lead vocal on the song "You And Me".
In 2012, Skaggs collaborated with Barry Gibb on the song, "Soldier's Son" which was released on Music to My Ears.
In 2015, Skaggs toured with Ry Cooder, Sharon White and other members of The Whites.
Skaggs has been married to Sharon White of The Whites since August 1981. They have a daughter, Molly, and a son, Lucas. Skaggs was previously married to Brenda Stanley and has two children, Andrew and Mandy, from that relationship.
CMA (Country Music Association) Awards
ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards
IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards
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