A disciple of bluegrass institution Ralph Stanley, and the founder of the
Boone Creek in 1976, Kentucky-born fiddler and mandolinist Ricky Skaggs was
one of the most traditional country stars of the 1980s.
His recording career dated from Second Generation (1972), a
collaboration with guitarist Keith Whitley, backed by Stanley and his band,
that features the first version of his future hit,
Don't Cheat In Our Hometown.
Sweet Temptation (Sugar Hill, 1979) is the album that displayed his
technical prowess and established him as a major country figure with
Could You Love Me One More Time and I'll Take the Blame.
Waiting For The Sun to Shine (Epic, 1981) was a revelation. Skaggs
was playing high-speed bluegrass instrumentals and rigmaroles with the
casual demeanor of a southern-rock band (Crying My Heart Out Over You).
Family and Friends (Rounder, 1982) is a collection of covers.
As the leader of the traditionalist movement (in the age of pop crossover),
Skaggs became one of Nashville's most revered stars.
Highways And Heart Aches (Epic, 1982) contains
I Don't Care, Heartbroke, I Wouldn't Change You If I Could,
Highway 40 Blues.
Don't Cheat In Our Hometown (1983),
Country Boy (1984),
Love's Gonna Get Ya! (1986),
Uncle Pen (1987),
Comin' Home To Stay (1988),
Kentucky Thunder (1988) and
Lovin' Only Me were all hits.
The chamber gospel Somebody's Prayin' (oboe, strings) on
My Father's Son (1989) signaled a change of direction.
The instrumentals and sermons on Solid Ground (Atlantic, 1995)
and Life Is A Journey (Atlantic, 1997) offered a new approach to
Skaggs returned to bluegrass with the ebullient
Bluegrass Bluegrass Rules (Skaggs Family, 1997) and
Ancient Tones (Skaggs Family, 1999)
Gospel Soldier Of The Cross (1999), Big Mon (2000),
History of the Future (2001) continued to offer simple emotions for
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