Award winning Bluegrass and country music artist Ricky Skaggs released his autobiography about a year ago. The volume covers his 50+ years in music. With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell. His book is now being released in paperback format at Skaggs Family Records and at bookstores everywhere.
When six-year-old Ricky Skaggs was called up onstage to play mandolin with bluegrass master Bill Monroe near his small hometown of Cordell, Kentucky, a storied life in music began. With Monroe as a mentor, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys and became a professional musician at age fifteen. And when Skaggs moved into the world of mainstream country music he became a legend and a household name.
Kentucky Traveler tells the intimate stories of a career built on passion, drive, and faith in God. Sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life, Skaggs paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass.
Kentucky Traveler is an honest, deeply American story of the power of faith, family, and music from one of America's most beloved Bluegrass and Country artists.
Unlike other farm boys growing up in the small town of Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old. Sure, plenty of other mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or learned the old songs their grandparents taught them. But few tried and fewer still mastered the mandolin. 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 Bluegrass master and mandolin virtuoso 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.
With Monroe as a mentor and with a family who supported him at every turn, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician at age fifteen. By twenty-one he was already considered a star in the Bluegrass world. Skaggs would eventually move away from his roots into the world of mainstream country music—and in doing so, became a country legend and a household name.