Every now and then a book comes along that gives you insight not only into the artist it features but also how big of a role that they played in a certain genre’s history.
Ricky Skaggs’ book, Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music, is a book that does that very thing. It is complete with stories of a young Ricky Skaggs making his way in the musical world, which includes hopping on stage with Bill Monroe and then later with Flatt & Scruggs at a very young age. This book is a treat to read and is chocked full of all sorts of interesting stories from throughout Ricky’s life. From his albums and experiences with Keith Whitley, clear up to his experiences with some of the greats of bluegrass and country music.
I have always admired Ricky’s talent, whether it be on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo or even his incredible harmony singing, but never did I realize just how big of a role Ricky played in the history of bluegrass music.
The book was written by Ricky in conjunction with Eddie Dean and kudos to the two of them for sharing such wonderful stories and doing so in a way that really keeps the reader’s attention.
Kentucky Traveler Links
- Hear and See Ricky Talk About Bill Monroe
- Ricky Skaggs’ Site
- Buy Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music