"Ricky Skaggs" (born July 18 1954 in Lawrence County, Kentucky) is a country and bluegrass musician, singer and composer. Skaggs' first major professional break came in 1970 when he joined Ralph Stanley's legendary bluegrass band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and several wind instruments. For part of his career, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris's "Hot Band". He wrote the arrangements for Harris' highly revered bluegrass-roots album, ''Roses in the Snow''. In addition to arranging, Skaggs also sang harmony and played a number of instruments on the album, including mandolin and fiddle. In 2000, he shared the stage with legendary rock band Phish, displaying the versatility of his musicianship.
Skaggs moved to Nashville in 1980, where he produced his debut album, ''Waitin' For The Sun To Shine''. The album produced four chart singles, including two back-to-back number one country hits. Building on that success, he went on to almost singlehandedly rescue country music from the doldrums it had found itself in the 1970s. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1982 - at that time the youngest member to be included. He racked up an impressive 18...