Ricky Skaggs has announced his first-ever solo album due for release on 15th September. Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved), is exactly what the title implies. Ricky Skaggs, solo, no studio musicians and no guest artists, just Ricky Skaggs doing what Ricky Skaggs does best.
Highly regarded as an award winning country and bluegrass music master, Skaggs is legendary for bringing renewed hope and vitality to the country music mainstream in the early 1980’s with scores of #1 hits and numerous awards and for his triumphant return to his first love, bluegrass, with his successful Skaggs Family Records label.
But the true story behind his remarkable career can be traced back to the first music he remembers hearing the songs his dad loved. When Hobert Skaggs’ brother and musical partner died in World War II, he vowed that if one of his children ever showed interest in music, he would teach them to how to play the mandolin. Now, fifty years after picking up that mandolin, Ricky Skaggs celebrates the man who caused him to fall in love with music.
Skaggs plays every instrument on the album. Fiddle and clawhammer banjo are prominent. From a child prodigy to one of today’s musical heroes, Ricky Skaggs continues to inspire his audiences with the heritage and the history of the old time songs embedded deep in his soul by his father.