Bluegrass and country music fans won’t want to miss Ricky Skaggs performing at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Chicago’s near-north side. Skaggs will perform two shows at Gary and Laura Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The venue is only 90-minutes from Milwaukee. His latest CD is Country Hits Bluegrass Style.
The Milwaukee Examiner spoke with Skaggs in Nashville about his 52-year career. He received his love of music from his mother and father when he was a child growing up in Kentucky. “My dad and my mom were influential and really poured love into my life; not just musically, but spiritually as well.”
A son’s love for his parents
It’s no wonder where Mr. Skaggs got his gentle, kind spirit from. Sincerity and praise resounded in Mr. Skaggs voice. His love for Jesus Christ and family was something he fervently shared with The Examiner. “My mom and dad were great Christian people. They read the Bible, they took us to church, they really believed the truth of God’s word and they got that into my heart at an early age. I was very thankful to have those kind of parents,” said Ricky.
He fondly proclaimed, “They were great people and fun to be around. They made life enjoyable. They didn’t take themselves too serious. They were always proud of who they were. Even though they were mountain people, they were very humble people and not ashamed of where they were from.”
A bluegrass music legend
Mr. Skaggs is a very humble man. He didn’t prattle on about his accomplishments. But he did brag about the people who have helped him be the God-fearing man he is today. Ricky has accomplished much and been very successful. Mr. Skaggs has won an astounding 14 Grammy™ Awards, started his own record label and been the inspiration for musicians like The Roys who recently appeared at Country Thunder Music Festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
Continue reading more of the Ricky Skaggs interview in The Chicago Examiner.
SOURCES: Special thanks to Mr. Ricky Skaggs for granting an interview, Martha Moore of So Much Moore Media and Nick Macri of Old Town School for contributing to this story.