Bluegrass & BBQ

Ricky Skaggs: A Lifetime of Music

Ricky Skaggs received his first mandolin as a gift from his father at the tender age of five, and as we say in the South, he took to it like a fish takes to water. In fact, he became a bona fide prodigy. Just about a year later at age six, this talented little boy performed on stage with none other than the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. At seven, he performed with the legendary duo Flatt & Scruggs on their popular television show.


When his professional career began in 1971, Ricky Skaggs played alongside none other than bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. He eventually crossed over into country music backing the incomparable Emmy Lou Harris. His first solo album, Waitin’ For The Sun To Shine, was released in 1981 and hit number one on the country charts.


Those early years paved the way for an illustrious career that has spanned nearly five decades and garnered just about every major accolade in both bluegrass and country music including 12 Grammy Awards, 8 CMA Awards and 8 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Awards.

Join us on May 27, during the final weekend of Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder perform live in Echo Hollow® Amphitheatre

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