Ricky Skaggs’ Memoir Set for Fall Release

Ricky Skaggs is writing his autobiography with Eddie Dean, the author who co-penned the prize-winning Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. Skaggs tells CMT.com the memoir is set to be published this fall by HarperCollins. Skaggs got his start as a professional musician playing in Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys band when he 15 years old. After four years with Stanley, he went on to perform with the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & the New South and Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band before moving into a solo country music career in the early 1980s and membership in the Grand Ole Opry in 1982. Last year, Dean and Stanley shared the International Bluegrass Music Association’s print media person of the year award for Man of Constant Sorrow. Skaggs is also working on a project for Time-Life’s record division.