Picture of the day -
September 21, 2006
Ricky Skaggs Performing At Dollywood
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Cheria and I recently had the opportunity to see Ricky Skaggs
and Kentucky Thunder in concert at
and they gave one of the most exciting musical performances I have ever
seen. Ricky's perfect mandolin work and smooth tenor vocals are just
as great today as they were back in the 1980's when he was burning up
the Country charts with hit after hit!
But Ricky's first love wasn't Country Music. He actually grew up
pickin' and singin'
Bluegrass, and began his first professional music job when he
and good friend
Keith Whitley were invited to join the band of Bluegrass legend
Ralph Stanley in 1971. He went on to record with several of the
genre's most successful groups until the late 1970's when he decided
to delve into Country music, an endeavor that resulted in his name
being at the very top of the Country charts for quite some time.
Although Ricky enjoyed the highest level of success possible in the
world of Country music, his real love has always been Bluegrass.
Today, his life and career have come full circle and he is recording
and performing Bluegrass once again. In 1997, he
started his own record label,
Family Records, and he and his amazing band Kentucky Thunder
have been turning out one Grammy award winning Bluegrass Album after
another ever since.
the ultra-talented Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder have helped
make Bluegrass music the most popular that it has ever been. As
Ricky would say, "Country rocks, but Bluegrass Rules!".
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