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on 12 April 2014
I bought this book looking to read about the evolution of bluegrass country and how Ricky developed into one of music's best pickers. I discovered a man with a loving spiritual heart who's love of music and God seeps from the pages. I am british and Christian so some of the way Ricky talks about Jesus felt a little OTT at first but once I let down my guard and took it for what it is (a deep desire to share his music and his faith) it actually made me look deeper at my beliefs and Heart. if Ricky reads this, thank you for bringing me closer to Jesus again.
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on 15 May 2017
Not got round to reading this book but sure I will love it, Skaggs another great bluegrass picker.
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on 14 January 2014
The reader is taken from a small locality in the Kentucky mountains and introduces us to the "greats of Bluegrass@ including Bill Monroe and The Stanley brothers - this is great - it also tells how a true Christian learned how to live for Jesus Christ.
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on 16 January 2014
Nice easy going read like you are sat next to the fire having a chat. I've enjoyed Books about Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley and enjoyed this too.
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on 17 March 2015
Great book about bluegrass history and life in the backwoods in the 60s and being a mandolin player in bands
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on 21 August 2013
Ricky Skaggs has a long and musically distinguished career in both bluegrass and country music. He has played with and been around some of the true giants of both genres. He is a hugely talented musician. Unfortunately, however, this rather poorly written and shallow biography is very disappointing. It is as notable for what it does not contain as what it does. The entire thing reads as though it was contrived by a PR representative. There some interesting anecdotes, but nothing of real depth, and anyone looking for serious background (or even technical detail on his music) is likely to be unsatisfied. If it could be summed up in one word, this reviewer would choose "bland". It is a very sterile and unrevealing text, lacking any real moments of excitement or sense of history. It tries hard to be "nice", and it succeeds, in a sickly, sweet and shallow sense. Glossy rather than gritty, with events that are well-known entirely airbrushed out. The end result is a biography that presents a very one-sided and one-dimensional "image" rather than an honest and open slice of reality.
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