Ever since he began at the age of five years, mandolin playing, Skaggs was considered a musical prodigy. At a Bill Monroe concert of the six-year-old was encouraged by heckling from the audience at a gig the next big star. Gradually, he learned other instruments. To enable him to public appearances, his parents founded a family band, the Skaggs Family.
Although he briefly for the Beatles and Rolling Stones inspired, was his true love of traditional country music . He felt especially for bluegrass drawn. His models were Bill Monroe, Buck Owens , Ralph Stanley and George Jones . At a talent competition, he met the like-minded Keith Whitley . In 1970 she received the opportunity to step in at a concert for the late Ralph Stanley.The big star was impressed by their performance and commitment to the five-year-old Skaggs shorthand for his bluegrass group, the Clinch Mountain Boys.
CareerSkaggs spent two years with Ralph Stanley. In 1973, he hired at the prestigious Country Gentlemen on. Even here he remained for about two years. Meanwhile, his old comrade, Keith Whitley had made a career. Together with him, he recorded two duet albums. After a brief stint with the bluegrass band JDCrowe and the New South 1976, he founded his own band, the Bone Creek.
Emmylou Harris was aware of the talented young musicians and he repeatedly tried to win their backing.Only in 1977, after the departure of Rodney Crowell , agreed Skaggs.Skaggs soon exerted a strong influence on Harris, whose music is clearly oriented towards this bluegrass.
In 1980, Skaggs on a small label on a bluegrass album. His reputation in the country scene was now so well established that he was offered the prestigious Epic label in 1981 a contract that granted him far-reaching musical freedom. Contrary to the prevailing trend, he played with Waitin 'For The Sun To Shine an album, which was based heavily on traditional country. And he had, contrary to expectations of success. The album sold over 500,000 copies and went gold. Two singles reached No. 1 on the country charts. Ricky Skaggs in 1982 with the prestigious CMA Awards Country Artist of the Year award. In the same year he joined the Grand Ole Opry .
Neo-traditionalism in Country music
Skaggs was in the early 1980s to the triggers of a general return to the original values of country music and the first new traditionalists . His successes were in the eighties through. In1985 as he finished with the old Bill Monroe song Uncle Pen first placNumerous prizes and awards, including nine Grammy Awards were recognition of his achievement.
In 1991 he teamed up with the rising stars Vince Gill and Steve Wariner together and founded the Nashville Cats. Two years later he started his own radio show called 'Simple Life', which was so popular that they are of more than 400 stations, including some was taken over Europe. From the mid-nineties were the sales of his records to clear.
- 1981 - Waitin 'For The Sun To Shine
- 1982 - Family & Friends 1982 - Family & Friends
- 1982 - Highways & Heartaches 1982 - Highways & Heartaches
- 1983 - Exile 1983 - Exile
- 1984 - Country Boy 1984 - Country Boy
- 1985 - Favorite Country Songs 1985 - Favorite Country Songs
- 1985 - Live In London 1985 - Live In London
- 1986 - Love's Gonna Get Ya! 1986 - Love's Gonna Get Ya!
- 1987 - I Love Country 1987 - I Love Country
- 1988 - Comin' Home To Stay 1988 - Comin 'Home To Stay
- 1989 - Kentucky Thunder 1989 - Kentucky Thunder
- 1991 - My Fathers Son 1991 - My Fathers Son
- 1995 - Solid Ground 1995 - Solid Ground
- 1997 - Bluegrass Rules! 1997 - Bluegrass Rules!
- 1999 - Ancient Tones 1999 - Ancient Tones
- 1999 - Soldier Of The Cross 1999 - Soldier Of The Cross
- 2000 - Songs Of Bill Monroe 2000 - Songs Of Bill Monroe
- 2001- History Of The Future 2001 - History Of The Future
- 2003 - Live at the Charleston Music Hall 2003 - Live at the Charleston Music Hall
- 2004 - Brand New Strings 2004 - Brand New Strings
- 2005 - A Skaggs Family Christmas 2005 - A Skaggs Family Christmas
- 2006 - Instrumentals 2006 - Instrumentals
- 2007 - Salt Of The Earth (Ricky Skaggs & The Whites) 2007 - Salt Of The Earth (Ricky Skaggs & The Whites)
- 2007 - Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby 2007 - Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
- 2008 - Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass - Tribute To 1946 And 1947 2008 - Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass - Tribute To 1946 And 1947
- 2008 - Ricky Skaggs - The High Notes 2008 - Ricky Skaggs - The High Notes