Country Music star Ricky Skaggs to be special guest

Country Hall of Fame musician Ricky Skaggs will be joining the conference as a special guest. Skaggs who is also a photographer will present his images on Saturday.

By age 21, Skaggs was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music.  His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 15-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. 

Today, Skaggs has taken up photography and now travels with his camera as he said in a 2015 interview:

I love photography and I am a photographer so I go out and do quite a bit of photography work — I take my cameras with me all the time.  And so, I love doing that.  …. it’s taught me how to see.  Music teaches me how to listen; this teaches me how to see.  And how to understand.  Of course, I’m always looking for the light, where’s the light?  And that represents Jesus, to me, you know, the “Light of the World”, Jesus said.  So it’s spiritual for me, as well, because I always want to see what God sees in something.  If I can capture what He sees, then it will bless somebody. 

Interview with Parker Roe for the

With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label (Bluegrass Rules! in 1998, Ancient Tonesin 1999, History of the Future in 2001, Soldier of the CrossLive at the Charleston Music Hall,and Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 2003, Brand New Strings in 2005,Instrumentals in 2007, Salt of the Earth with The Whites in 2008, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 in 2009 and Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Lovedalong with Mosaicin 2010), the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.

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