Kentucky Traveler by Ricky Skaggs

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Lacking the dirt of other high-profile music memoirs, Skaggs’ life is an affirmation of hard work, drive and faith.
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In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, 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 the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’s most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.

For readers of Johnny Cash’s autobiography, lovers of O Brother Where Art Thou, and fans of country music and bluegrass, Kentucky Traveler is a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.

 

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Ricky Skaggs is one of the most prominent singers and musicians in the history of bluegrass and country music. Born in Eastern Kentucky, Skaggs learned to play the mandolin when he was five years old, and a year later played on stage with "the father of bluegrass," Bill Monroe. He entered the world of professional music at age fifteen when he was invited to join the Clinch Mountain Boys with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. Skaggs is a perennial Grammy Award winner and continues to record records with his band, Kentucky Thunder.
 
Published August 13, 2013 by It Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Aug 12 2013

Lacking the dirt of other high-profile music memoirs, Skaggs’ life is an affirmation of hard work, drive and faith.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jul 15 2013

Skaggs is as cracking good at telling stories as he is at singing high-lonesome melodies and letting his fingers fly across the frets of guitars and mandolins...

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