The Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is proud to host Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs on Tuesday, August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center. Mr. Skaggs will discuss his new autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music.
Growing up in the small town of Cordell, Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old. By the time he was six he met bluegrass master Bill Monroe. With Bill Monroe as a mentor and with a family who supported him at every turn, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician at age fifteen. By twenty-one he was already considered a star in the bluegrass world. Yet, following the advice of music industry executives, Skaggs moved away from his roots into the world of mainstream country music—and in doing so, became a country legend and a household name.
Despite the hit singles, gold records, and successful tours, Ricky knew there was more to his mission. With a failed marriage and a sometimes strained relationship with his children, Ricky had to make a choice. He would follow God’s plan, and rededicate his life to Christ, to his family, and to the music that made him. Telling the intimate stories of a successful career built on passion, drive, and faith, sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life.