Ricky Skaggs has announced that his long time band member and friend Jim Mills is departing the band, Kentucky Thunder.
Jim Mills has been a member of Ricky Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder, for the past 13 years.
As a banjo player and musician Jim has been tremendously successful in his own right. He has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Performer of the Year several times. He leaves to focus on his musical career and develop his music business.
I have been on the road for most of my life. It will feel good to control my own schedule and spend more time focusing on my banjo business – Jim Mills.
Jim Mills is noted for his traditional hard-driving bluegrass style and has recorded two albums of his own, Bound To Ride and My Dixie Home. He has also been voted IBMA’s Banjo Player Of The Year 6 times by his peers.
I am very happy for him and supportive of his decision, although it will be a challenge to replace such a talented musician. Smilin’ Jim Mills will always be remembered with affection and joy, and we will be sure to miss him in the days to come – Ricky Skaggs.