Kentucky Traveler Hb Hardback

My Life in Music

by Ricky Skaggs;

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Kentucky Traveler Hb

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Unlike other small town farm boys in Cordell, Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old. By age six, the unexpected musical prodigy found himself playing on stage with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. With Monroe as a mentor, Skaggs became a professional musician at age fifteen, joining the Clinch Mountain Boys band, and by twenty-one he was already considered a recognized master of one of America's most demanding art forms. Yet, following the advice of music industry executives, Skaggs moved away from his bluegrass roots into the world of mainstream country music - and in doing so became a country legend and a household name. After years on the road, several hit albums, and an incredibly successful turn in country music, Skaggs felt something was missing. Returning to the music of his childhood, bluegrass, Skaggs started his own label, Skaggs Family Records, and has since produced eight consecutive Grammy-nominated classics. Today, with a total of fourteen Grammy Awards to his credit, Skaggs has become bluegrass music's official ambassador. 2011 marks Ricky Skaggs' 40th year as a professional musician.
In his widely anticipated memoir, Skaggs opens up to tell the story of a life come full circle - from his first memories of music in Kentucky, through his meteoric rise in the mainstream music industry, to his ultimate return back to the bluegrass music that he knew best. Skaggs tells the intimate stories of his successful career, profiles his musical heroes and influences (from Bill Monroe to Ray Charles, Billy Graham, and Roscoe Holcomb, all illustrated with Ricky's own personal photos), and paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass. Alongside his deeply personal revelations, Skaggs offers inspirational sections like: The Ten Commandments of Bluegrass: The great principles of the bluegrass tradition, as handed down by Ricky's mentor Bill Monroe; The Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs: a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs most; and Songs the Lord Taught Us: A primer on Skaggs' essential gospel songs. Full of heartfelt honesty and humor, Ricky Skaggs' powerful memoir will speak to bluegrass and country music lovers and will delight his growing legions of fans.

Kentucky Traveler Hb by Ricky Skaggs was published by Zondervan in June 2012. The ISBN for Kentucky Traveler Hb is 9780061917332.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherZondervan (June 2012)
Number of Pages352
Thickness29 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4257152
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