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. In 2018, he joined those legends as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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