Ricky Skaggs Found His Calling: Honor God And Bluegrass — And Play As Fast As He Can

Ricky Skaggs Found His Calling: Honor God And Bluegrass — And Play As Fast As He Can


There are few musicians with as impressive a resume as Ricky Skaggs, touring this year with his excellent band Kentucky Thunder. He’s a member of the Country Music, Bluegrass, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame. He’s won 15 Grammys. He has 11 No. 1 country singles, four No. 1 country albums, and seven No. 1 bluegrass albums to his name. But, as Skaggs told me in a recent interview, it’s his Christian faith he’s most proud of.

Listening to Skaggs for years, I knew he was a religious man. But seeing him live in early January, I was amazed at how central religious faith is to his act. “We don’t start our show with gospel, we don’t want to hoodwink people,” said Skaggs. But about

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