Skaggs Taps Bluegrass History | South Bend Tribune

by | 19 Sep, 2008

rickyskaggsTom Conway, correspondent for the South Bend Tribune writes:

Ricky Skaggs found fame in the 1980s playing country music, but in the 1990s he returned to his first love, bluegrass music, and he hasn’t looked back since. Well, that’s not entirely true, in fact, the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer did look back into the past, both his own and the bluegrass genre, for his two latest albums, The High Notes and Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947.

Bluegrass music, which has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity, was fashioned by Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, as well as the Stanley Brothers, in the mid-40s, and the advent of radio and television helped expand the reach of the music.

Skaggs, sometimes known as bluegrass music’s official ambassador, forms the bridge from its past to its future, having performed with the fathers as well as the new generation of bluegrass artists.

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