KENTUCKY TRAVELER - My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs with Eddie Dean BOOK: SKAGGS
By Ricky Skaggs (Harper-Collins, 2013) 338 pages hardbound. Ricky Skaggs has authored a book that should be of interest to just about any fan of Bluegrass music. Part of that is because we're all familiar with his music and the full, interesting life he has led, but also because he has been part of several key bands that most of us know and love. The books' 22 chapters start with his growing up in eastern Kentucky, his picking in his family band, meeting and playing with Keith Whitley and finally meeting and getting to perform with Ralph Stanley. After that we hear about his stints with J.D. Crowe's New South, the Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek and Emmylou Harris, as well as his years as a country music star in the 1980s, his becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry and his return to Bluegrass music. There are lots of little details and stories about some of the characters in the music business (both Bluegrass and Country), and it is all tied together very nicely by the excellent writer Eddie Dean (who helped Ralph Stanley with his excellent biography as well). The book reads smoothly and we think any Bluegrass fan will find it enjoyable reading.