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November 16, 1994 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine a comfy chair, with big wooden armrests, upholstered in green flannel with hunting scenes. Imagine a dusty black '56 Chevy with four bald tires lumbering down a country road. Imagine a favorite old shirt, preferably one with a torn pocket. That's the sort of feel a Ricky Skaggs show has these days: comfortable, familiar and dependable. Even when he was the blazing star of the country charts--with 20 Top 10 hits (most of them hitting No.
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March 6, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, which turns 5 this year, is always buoyed by the richly eclectic swath of music its organizers assemble. It's a glowing example of the possibility for peaceful coexistence between the hyper-polished acts that monopolize the country radio airwaves and the grittier acts that keep the soul of country music alive. The former camp is well represented at the top of this year's two-day bill April 30 and May 1 in the Jimmy Buffett-soaked hits of Kenny Chesney, the relentlessly sunshiny pop-country of Rascal Flatts and don't-mess-with-me assertiveness of Carrie Underwood.
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July 16, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stories of artistic courage and integrity in the big leagues of music are about as rare as Mike Tyson-friendly columns in the sports pages. For years, selling out, rather than sticking to a milieu, has been the way to survive among the corporate sharks. And so, let us bless Ricky Skaggs, who plays the Galaxy Concert Theatre on Thursday.
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April 23, 2008 | John Gerome, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Even if you don't care much for bluegrass, you can't help but admire Ricky Skaggs' enthusiasm for the music and its formative years. At the slightest prodding, he'll launch into a discussion of Earl Scruggs' banjo picking, the Stanley Brothers' harmonies or Bill Monroe's slapping beat and how it laid the groundwork for early rock 'n' roll.
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November 20, 1986 | CHRIS WILLMAN
It's not just the transitory world of rock 'n' roll where a musician can be a rebel one year and then find his threatening style safely assimilated into the mainstream the next. Ask Ricky Skaggs, who--in the somewhat more static realm of country music--rapidly went from a position on the outskirts to a seat well within the halls of the Nashville establishment.
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December 10, 1993 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricky Skaggs skidded off the country music charts a few years ago, a sudden relic at 35. A hit machine for almost a decade, Skaggs found it increasingly tough to get radio play while other country performers like Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks dominated the airwaves. Skaggs released his last No. 1 single, "Lovin' Only Me," in 1990. Instead of panicking, however, he found perspective.
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December 16, 1986
A truck driver who shot the son of country singer Ricky Skaggs on an interstate highway pleaded guilty to six charges. Andrew Lee Skaggs, 7, shot in the head Aug. 17 near the Daleville, Va., exit of Interstate 81, will have reconstructive surgery off and on until he is 16. Edward Dean Duehring could get up to 52 years in prison on charges involving the shooting and drug possession.
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October 3, 1999
* Pat Benatar, "Synchronistic Wanderings," Chrysalis/Capitol (boxed set). * Inspectah Deck, "Uncontrolled Substance," Loud/RED/Sony. * B.B. King, "Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan," MCA. * Misfits, "Famous Monsters," Roadrunner. * No Use for a Name, "More Betterness," Fat Wreck Chords. * Ricky Skaggs, "Soldier of the Cross," Skaggs Family.
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July 5, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Top Country/Western Singles 1."Lovin' Only Me," Ricky Skaggs. 2."In a Letter to You," Eddy Raven. 3."What's Going on in Your World," George Strait. 4."Cathy's Clown," Reba McEntire. 5."Houston Solution," Ronnie Milsap. 6."Hole in My Pocket," Ricky Van Shelton. 7."She's Got a Single Thing in Mind," Conway Twitty. 8."Come From the Heart," Kathy Mattea. 9."Up and Gone," the McCarters. 10."One Good Well," Don Williams. 11."Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That," Dolly Parton. 12."
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June 21, 1993 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1981 Ricky Skaggs quietly exploded on the country scene, playing bluegrass-seeded music that flew counter to the crossover pap of the day, and, miraculously, sold in the sort of gold and platinum quantities that were then almost unknown in country. Between then and 1986 he racked up 16 Top 10 discs--with 10 of those going to No. 1--and collected Grammys and nearly every other international award to which a singing, guitar-banjo-mandolin-fiddle-playing country boy might aspire.
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August 25, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
There's a built-in dilemma in paying tribute to a musical innovator of the stature of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Do you hew close to the distinctive sound Monroe created in the '30s by fusing country, folk, blues and jazz, or honor the barrier-breaking spirit he exhibited in refusing to be limited by tradition?
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October 3, 1999
* Pat Benatar, "Synchronistic Wanderings," Chrysalis/Capitol (boxed set). * Inspectah Deck, "Uncontrolled Substance," Loud/RED/Sony. * B.B. King, "Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan," MCA. * Misfits, "Famous Monsters," Roadrunner. * No Use for a Name, "More Betterness," Fat Wreck Chords. * Ricky Skaggs, "Soldier of the Cross," Skaggs Family.
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February 28, 1999 | MICHAEL McCALL, Michael McCall is a freelance writer based in Nashville
In the fall of 1997, Ricky Skaggs placed himself at a crossroads that changed the direction of his career and his music. As Atlantic Records prepared to issue Skaggs' next country music album, the Kentucky-born singer and mandolinist asked the record company if he could simultaneously release an all-bluegrass album on an independent label. Skaggs thought the bluegrass album might help raise his profile.
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July 16, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stories of artistic courage and integrity in the big leagues of music are about as rare as Mike Tyson-friendly columns in the sports pages. For years, selling out, rather than sticking to a milieu, has been the way to survive among the corporate sharks. And so, let us bless Ricky Skaggs, who plays the Galaxy Concert Theatre on Thursday.
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November 16, 1994 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine a comfy chair, with big wooden armrests, upholstered in green flannel with hunting scenes. Imagine a dusty black '56 Chevy with four bald tires lumbering down a country road. Imagine a favorite old shirt, preferably one with a torn pocket. That's the sort of feel a Ricky Skaggs show has these days: comfortable, familiar and dependable. Even when he was the blazing star of the country charts--with 20 Top 10 hits (most of them hitting No.
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December 10, 1993 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricky Skaggs skidded off the country music charts a few years ago, a sudden relic at 35. A hit machine for almost a decade, Skaggs found it increasingly tough to get radio play while other country performers like Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks dominated the airwaves. Skaggs released his last No. 1 single, "Lovin' Only Me," in 1990. Instead of panicking, however, he found perspective.
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August 21, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
With his "Lovin' Only Me" a recent No. 1 country hit, and a current album bristling with deserving follow-ups, Ricky Skaggs has a career that clearly is back in full swing. The bluegrass-infused musician had practically been the first "new traditionalist," racking up early '80s hits and awards despite the Urban-Cowboyed crossover country that then held sway.
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August 13, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
As a singer, Skaggs has always been a lot like Clark Kent: mild-mannered, eminently likable--and harmless. Lacking the powers of vocal Supermen like George Jones and Randy Travis, Skaggs runs into trouble with many of this album's hackneyed stories and allusions. "The Fields of Home" dredges up every hokey, tear-inducing gimmick this side of Old Shep.
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June 21, 1993 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1981 Ricky Skaggs quietly exploded on the country scene, playing bluegrass-seeded music that flew counter to the crossover pap of the day, and, miraculously, sold in the sort of gold and platinum quantities that were then almost unknown in country. Between then and 1986 he racked up 16 Top 10 discs--with 10 of those going to No. 1--and collected Grammys and nearly every other international award to which a singing, guitar-banjo-mandolin-fiddle-playing country boy might aspire.
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August 21, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
With his "Lovin' Only Me" a recent No. 1 country hit, and a current album bristling with deserving follow-ups, Ricky Skaggs has a career that clearly is back in full swing. The bluegrass-infused musician had practically been the first "new traditionalist," racking up early '80s hits and awards despite the Urban-Cowboyed crossover country that then held sway.
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