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Skaggs pens autobiography

Friday, June 21, 2013 – Ricky Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler," coming out Aug. 13 through It Books.

Growing up in the small town of Cordell, Ky., Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old. By the time he was six years old, Skaggs' talent was clear enough that his daddy knew he had to get that boy onstage. When Bill Monroe rolled into a nearby small town, Ricky was there. As the crowd cheered, "Let little Ricky sing one" so began a storied life in music.

Despite the hit singles, gold records, and successful tours, Skaggs knew there was more to his mission, Skaggs had a failed marriage and a sometimes strained relationship with his children. But he embraced Christianity and remarried.

In "Kentucky Traveler," Skaggs gives a warm memoir of decades in music - along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Skaggs' mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs' most essential gospel songs; and personal snapshots of his musical heroes.

Skaggs has again teamed with Bruce Hornsby for a life disc, "Cluck Ol' Hen," due out, due out Aug. 20.

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Music To My Ears CD review - Music To My Ears
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A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two CD review - A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two
This second set of Skaggs Family Records Christmas songs primarily takes a traditionalist approach to celebrating the season. This is to be expected, as Ricky Skaggs' label has always remained committed to making and releasing music that might make Bill Monroe - Skaggs' onetime employer - proud. There is an even balance between new and old Christmas songs represented on this collection. There's the pretty new ballad What Songs Were Sung, which wonders out loud the tunes performed »»»
Country Hits, Bluegrass Style CD review - Country Hits,  Bluegrass Style
The musical journey of Ricky Skaggs has been a long one, from his younger days in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys to chart-topping success in country music during the 1980's and back to the bluegrass world on his own family-run label. That relative autonomy has allowed Skaggs to explore various themes such as gospel music and now a return of sorts to his country material. The concept here is pretty simple, and it's spelled out in the album title; all of the songs here were »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For The Wailin' Jennys, the road provides antidote – Six shows in six nights for The Wailin' Jennys practically counts for a full-blown tour these days. In fact, this - the final stop - was the longest tour by the mainly Canadian trio playing folk and country since 2011 when the band released its last recording, "Bright Morning Stars." A few dates here and there, but no new recording.... »»»
Concert Review: Lord Huron makes darkness sound good – Once upon a time, Lord Huron was the nom de guerre of Ben Schneider, who put out a few EPs entirely left to his own devices. But these days, there is far more to this outfit mixing indie folk, rock and more than just Schneider in a concert that was invigorating, at times intense and filled with the knowhow for what makes for quality music.... »»»
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