Monday, July 17, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: July 18, 1954 Ricky Skaggs


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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia - 
Ricky Skaggs, musician, the son of Hobert and Dorothy (Thompson) Skaggs, was born on July 18, 1954, in Cordell, Kentucky. He was a child star, performing country music with the family band at age six and appearing one year later on the " Flatt and Scruggs" radio program. When fifteen years old, Skaggs left high school and took his first professional job, playing mandolin with Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, then joined the Kentucky Gentlemen as a fiddler. In 1974 Skaggs moved to Lexington, where he played mandolin and fiddle for J.D. Crowe and the New South before forming his own band, Boone Creek, in 1975. From 1977 to 1980 Skaggs played in Emmylou Harris's Hot Band and wrote arrangements for the critically acclaimed album Roses in the Snow. In 1980 he began a solo career.

Skaggs's unique blend of bluegrass, country, jazz, and "new traditional" styles has been recognized by various awards from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ( Grammy Award). His albums include Kentucky Thunder (1989), Love's Gonna Get Ya! (1986), and Don't Cheat in Our Hometown (1984). On August 4, 1981, he married Sharon White; they have four children: Mandy, Andrew, Molly, and Lucas.

RON PEN, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Skaggs, R., & Kentucky Thunder. (2006). Instrumentals. Hendersonville, TN : Nashville, TN: Skaggs Family Records ; Distributed by Lyric Street Records.
CD10159, Fine Arts-Media Center

Skaggs, R., & Kentucky Thunder. (2001). History of the future. Hendersonville, TN : Burbank, CA: Skaggs Family Records ; Disributed by Hollywood Records.
CD8923, Fine Arts-Media Center

Scruggs, E., Watson, D., Skaggs, R., Duncan, R., Krauss, G., Watson, Richard, . . . Kentucky Thunder. (2003). The three pickers. Cambridge, Mass.: Rounder.
CD8231, Fine Arts-Media Center

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