Bluegrass and Country music icon Ricky Skaggs has amassed numerous awards and enviable experiences during his more than 50 years in music. Skaggs will share memories of his life and career with the release of his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler, (It Books) on Aug. 13.
Skaggs learned to play mandolin at five years old and welcomed Bill Monroe as a mentor before Skaggs was in his teens. At age 15, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician. By 21, he was a star in the bluegrass world. Kentucky Traveler includes Skaggs’ story in his own words, along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass (as handed down by Monroe), the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs (a compilation of classic songs Skaggs has performed during his career), Songs the Lord Taught Us (a primer of Skaggs’ essential Gospel songs) and several personal photos of Skaggs with his musical heroes.
Kentucky Traveler is available for pre-order at kentuckytravelerbook.com and will be available at retail stores nationwide on Aug. 13.
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