I'm not a goody-two-shoes. I'm just a father with four children.— Ricky Skaggs
The most pleasurable Ricky Skaggs quotes to get the best of your day
I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.
I hope you came out to hear some bluegrass music. If you didn't, we're both in the wrong place.
There's art in rhythm playing. Just find it. Make your own art. Find your place, and when it's your time to solo, it's your time to shine.
Music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles.
I look back to when I got divorced in the late 1970s.
When that happened, I was so broken up. After that, I decided to seek God for my life and my next marriage.
That's kind of the mission statement for the label: to try to do great music that touches people's hearts.
The fall is my favorite time of year.
I love the colors. The sun is out, you get warmth on your skin but there's the coolness of the breeze. It's really comfortable.
It's part of the calling to at least do a few songs in the show that give people some hope. There's so much hurt in this world and... music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles.
I hate negative songs; I won't sing them. It doesn't matter if it's sold 2 million more albums.
When I hear bluegrass today, I hear so many new sounds in it.
It's almost like country music in a way.
Country's hip; it's cool music.
Do excellent work for Christ. So that's my heart. It's always been. And I want to be the best I can be. I want to make a difference in my generation.
I feel like have a lot of music left to cut in my life.
The difference between me and the newer artists is that I have the history with the architects, the masters that started the music. I know where the music came from.
I just love to have fun with music, and try to find songs that say something that people want to hear.
When Jack White called and wanted me to do a video and play mandolin with The Raconteurs, I didn't know anything about The Raconteurs at that time.
I just want to keep playing music and keep recording. I feel like my best days are ahead.
I've had a couple of guys that I've had co-produce records with me through my career, and it's fun to work with a co-producer.
What I have seen in the past 10 years of traveling- performing at a church one day and a casino the next- is that a lot of people in the church want to be entertained, and people in casinos want to be ministered to. That's hard to understand, but I see a hunger in the world that I don't see in the church.
I've always moved by my heart. I've moved by the spirit of what I feel was right for me next. I always pray and ask God: 'What's the next thing? What am I supposed to do next?
Maybe you're going to a concert thinking you're not going to hear anything but music. But you may walk away from there with an answer to a problem that you're carrying around with you that you didn't think you were going to hear about.
I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I've had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe's music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him.
After 'Mosaic,' I think a lot of people didn't know what my next record was going to be. And that's what I love. I just love doing music because I'm not going to follow the patterns and formulas of Music Row.
Ive got tapes that Im so thankful that my father made - old reel-to-reel tapes.
Ive got a ton of those things at home. He kept those like fine diamonds, I mean he kept them, you know, in a box and was very, very careful of them, you know.
I just remember standing there, singing with the headphones on and the strings playing, just how wonderful that felt. But we so rarely got to go out and do it. Obviously, we don't carry a 70-80-piece orchestra with us when we do shows.
I always had a standard of, back when I was doing the country music I always told people I would never record a song that I wouldn't sit down and sing in front of my mom and dad.
I always try to entertain folks with good clean fun and stories from my youth.
Even with the sun beaming down on me I'm not sweating in my mind.
I'm not sweating in my heart or in my career.
Great music is great music, period.
We should give the Lord the excellence He deserves in everything we do.
I don't feel like I've nearly got to the place where I'm ready to even slow down.
Country and western is ignored by the intellectuals.
They don't look at it as an art form. They think it's just somebody sitting on his couch singing about his life.