Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs is featured on the first season of Voices in the Hall, a newly announced podcast produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
These conversations will dive deep into the lives and accomplishments of country music's most fascinating and decorated figures. The first six episodes (including Skaggs — Episode 4) will be released when the podcast debuts this Friday, February 22.
Museum Senior Director, Producer, and Writer Peter Cooper hosts the series and conducts the interviews, recorded in the museum's audio lab by Alan Stoker, museum curator of recorded sound. Voices in the Hall is co-produced by award-winning veteran broadcasters Ben Manilla and Jennie Cataldo of BMP Audio.
"These episodes come from real conversations that can only happen at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," says Cooper. "Musicians are comfortable here. They know this museum exists to tell their stories and to highlight their lives, and so they want to come here where they feel respected and accepted."
Exclusive content — specific to the featured guest — will accompany every episode to provide listeners a rich and inclusive experience. Episodes will be available for listening at voicesinthehall.org and wherever podcasts are streamed.
As the first out of the gate in what is often called country music's "neo-traditionalist movement" in 1981, Ricky Skaggs helped bring bluegrass and honky-tonk songs back into country's mainstream. His instrumental virtuosity and pure, Kentucky-bred tenor vocals won the ardent approval of masters including Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and his greatest hero, father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music.
Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler."
The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder." Most recently, Skaggs has added country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.