This Is: Ricky Skaggs – Playlist

Ricky Skaggs may be known better to some as a classic country star of the 1980s, but to us, he’s a well seasoned bluegrass bellwether who’s been in the game for more than five decades. Both a skilled instrumentalist and vocalist, Skaggs helped define both the second generation of bluegrass—with icons like Keith and Dwight Whitley—and its voice from the 1990s onward. His first-rate Kentucky Thunder has helped him execute a vision of unbelievably precise bluegrass with a constant eye on his childhood influences, such as Flatt and Scruggs. Enjoy this playlist of one of bluegrass music’s true masters, Ricky Skaggs!

David Chernack

David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.

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  • Skaggs is a MONSTER talent picker and singer. “Back in the day” when he was just starting to get into country music, mostly as a session musician, one year Playboy magazine named him the best country picker. I can imagine that didn’t go down very well in the Skaggs and related households, them all being quite religious.

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