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September 4

Country Music Exclusive: The Return of Ricky Skaggs

Believe it or not, the well-known and well-loved country singer Ricky Skaggs made a sizzling comeback after 20 years since his last great performance.  The bluegrass and country singer debuted his career during the 1960’s. Among the primary instruments that he plays include mandolin, guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

During his mid-teens, the singer-composer-musician-producer met a teen named Keith Whitley who shared his passion for playing the guitar. Together with Whitley’s banjoist, the three formed a group and began playing on various radio shows. In 1970, their small musical group finally earned an exclusive spot to open Ralph Stanley’s show. After the event, Stanley invited Skaggs and Whitley to join his band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. Soon, Ricky began making a name for himself, and he continued exhibiting his musical inventiveness in all the live performances and recordings he did with various artists.

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Ricky Skaggs’ main genre is bluegrass, but in the late 1970’s he began leaning more towards country music. At only 20-years-old, he became a member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band before he was finally introduced as a solo recording artist. In 1981, he released Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine and reached the number one spot on the country charts. His success followed 12 more hits that also made it to number 1.  The following year, Skaggs became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Throughout the course of his career, the renowned musician earned eight awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), won 15 Grammy Awards and received 12 consecutive Grammy Nominations.

Just recently, he traded his beloved mandolin for his electric guitar to serenade his fans with some of his favorite country hits like Crying My Heart Over You, Country Boy, Don’t Cheat in Our Honeymoon, Honey (Open That Door), and I Don’t Care.

“After playing bluegrass music for the last 20 years, I’m gonna have a blast plugging in my electric guitar and singing my country hits again.”

We sure hope this won’t be his last country performance!


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