Special Guests
Saturday, April 5, 2003

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

RICKY SKAGGS was born in eastern Kentucky in 1954 and got his start in music playing the mandolin when he was five years old. By the age of ten, he had already performed with Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers -- the artists considered the triumvirate of bluegrass. In his teens, he was taken under the wing of bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. Skaggs performed and recorded with J.D. Crowe & The New South, and also served a stint as bandleader with Boone Creek before turning his attention to country music in the late '70s. He spent time playing in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, then struck out on his own with the release of Waitin' For the Sun To Shine, which was released in 1981. He hit the top of the country harts and stayed there for much of the '80s, racking up eight Country Music Association awards and four Grammys before deciding to return to bluegrass. His 1997 release, Bluegrass Rules (Rounder Records) set a new standard for bluegrass and earned the International Bluegrass Music Association's 1998 Album of the Year honor, as well as a 1999 Grammy nomination. Other recent recordings include Ancient Tones (Rounder) and Soldier of The Cross (Skaggs Family Records). His latest CD, Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe (2002, Skaggs Family Records), is a tribute to Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, and features performances by John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, Charlie Daniels, and Joan Osborne. Skaggs performs tonight with his band, Kentucky Thunder: Mark Fain (bass); Jim Mills (banjo); Paul Brewster (guitar); Darren Vincent (guitar); Cody Kilby (guitar), Andy Leftwich (mandolin and fiddle) and Luke Bulla (fiddle).

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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