Ricky Skaggs has done it all and will tell all with the release of his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler, on August 13. The book will be Ricky’s story of faith, family and music.
As a young boy in Cordell, Kentucky, Ricky learned to play mandolin at the age of five. By the time he was six, his talent was clear enough that his father became determined to get him on stage. When Bill Monroe came to a nearby small town, Ricky was there. At the insistence of the crowd changing “Let little Ricky sing one!,” Ricky’s music career began.
With Bill Monroe as a mentor, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys and was a professional musician at age 15. By 21, he was already a star in the bluegrass world. He would eventually move into mainstream country music, becoming a country legend and household name.
Even with his success, Ricky knew there was more for him. With a failed marriage and strained relationship with his children, he decided to rededicate his life to Christ, his family and the music he loved. He paints a picture of his journey in Kentucky Traveler, sharing stories from his career, his influences and the instruments that shaped his sound.
The book also includes the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, handed down to Ricky by Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a walk through the songs that have touched Ricky’s life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Ricky’s most essential Gospel songs; and many personal snapshots of his musical heroes.
“Kentucky Traveler” is available for pre-order now at kentuckytravelerbook.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide upon its August 13 release.