Ricky Skaggs Biography
Ricky Skaggs whose birth name is Rickie Lee Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky, United States on July 18, 1954. He is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer and composer. He primarily plays mandolin. However, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.
Ricky Skaggs Age
The American country musician Rickie Lee Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky, United States on July 18, 1954 is currently 64 years old as of 2019.
Ricky Skaggs Wife
Skaggs has been married to Sharon White of The Whites since August 1981. They have 2 children; a daughter, Molly, and a son, Lucas. Skaggs was previously married to Brenda Stanley and has two children, Andrew and Mandy, from that relationship.
Ricky Skaggs Net Worth
Skaggs has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2019. Ricky earned his net worth through a 53 year music career in which he won 14 Grammy Awards.Ricky Skaggs Photo
Ricky Skaggs Career
At age 6, he played mandolin and sang on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television’s Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young.
In 1976, Skaggs formed progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek, including members Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band. He wrote the arrangements for Harris’s 1980 bluegrass roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging for Harris, Skaggs sang harmony and played mandolin and fiddle in the Hot Band.
Skaggs launched his own country career in 1980, achieving 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards. In 1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever be inducted at that time. Guitarist and producer Chet Atkins credited Skaggs with “single-handedly” saving country music.
In 2000, he shared the stage with Vermont-based jam band, Phish. On March 20, 2007, Skaggs released an album with rock musician Bruce Hornsby.In 2008, Skaggs recorded a bluegrass version of Old Enough by the Raconteurs with Ashley Monroe and the Raconteurs. He played the mandolin on the track as well as sharing vocals with Jack White, Brendan Benson, and Ashley Monroe.
In 2011, Skaggs with other Bluegrass musicians featured with Irish band, The Brock McGuire Band on their album ‘Green Grass Blue Grass’. An exploration of the connection between Irish Traditional Music and American Bluegrass and Appalachian music.Also in 2011, Skaggs contributed to Moody Bluegrass TWO…Much Love, a bluegrass tribute album to the British Progressive Rock band The Moody Blues. Skaggs sang lead vocal on the song You And Me.
In 2012, Skaggs collaborated with Barry Gibb on the song, Soldier’s Son which was released on Music to My Ears. In 2015, Skaggs toured with Ry Cooder, Sharon White and other members of The Whites.he is a perennial winner of Grammy Awards and International Bluegrass Music Association for best bluegrass album.
Ricky Skaggs Songs
- Crying My Heart Out Over You
- Highway 40 Blues
- Uncle Pen
- I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could
- Cajun Moon
- Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This
- Thanks Again
- I Don’t Care
- Mandolin Rain
- Home Is Wherever You Are
- Soldier of the Cross
- Talk About Suffering
- Children Go
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Ricky Skaggs Awards
- Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album
- Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year
- Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year
- Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year
- Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
- Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance
- Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year
- Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year
- Academy of Country Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year
- Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
- Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award
- Academy of Country Music Award for Specialty Instrument(s) of the Year
Ricky Skaggs Country Boy
Ricky Skaggs Tours
- 24 May • Angola, IN, United States
- 25 May • Ann Arbor, MI, United States
- 26 Jun • Owensboro, KY, United States
- 12 Jul • Steelville, MO, United States
- 27 Jul • Woodford, VA, United States
- 3 Aug • Sugarcreek, OH, United States
- 10 Aug • Richmond, MN, United States
- 11 Aug • Washburn, WI, United States
- 23 Aug • Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
- 30 Aug • Pilesgrove, NJ, United States
- 26 Sep • Minot, ND, United States
- 12 Mar • Palm Desert, CA, United States