The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 18, the 200th day of 2004 with 166 to follow.
By United Press International

New CD inspired by 'Passion'

NASHVILLE, March 4 (UPI) -- Elvis Presley, Ricky Skaggs and Bob Dylan are among the U.S. musicians who will be included on an upcoming companion CD to "The Passion of the Christ" film.

Willie Nelson leads country Grammy noms

NASHVILLE, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Legendary entertainer Willie Nelson scored four nominations in country music categories for the 46th annual Grammy Awards, topping of the list of nominees.

Interview: Martina McBride goes organic

NASHVILLE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Martina McBride is sitting in the control room at Blackbird Studio, which she and husband, John, recently bought and are refurbishing in Music City's quaint Ber
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

Kenny Rogers boomerangs 'Back to the Well'

NASHVILLE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Kenny Rogers is one of the few entertainers in the music industry who requires no introduction.

McCoury to join Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Grand Ole Opry invited bluegrass star Del McCoury to join the community while he was accepting an award for Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year.

Bluegrass music is growing like a weed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- "I love bluegrass," said Kid Rock. "Bluegrass is like heavy metal for me. My heart's still with the traditional."

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2003 with 166 to follow.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Hank Snow born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1914. Sonny Curtis born in Meadow, Texas, 1937.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

UPI's Pat Nason reports rock star Pete Townshend has been placed on a sex offender registry but cleared of possessing child pornography, according to Scotland Yard.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 8-14.
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The French Quarter Festival, Louisiana's largest free music festival, takes place this weekend with nearly 140 live performances featured throughout the French Quarter, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi River
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Louisiana blues and hip-hop legend Chris Thomas King has joined the cast for the upcoming film, "Unchain My Heart," which will depict the life of singer Ray Charles as a child and young man.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Country Music News

Don Gibson born in Shelby, N.C., 1928. Billy Joe Royal born in Valdosta, Ga., 1942.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

Peggy Sue born in Paintsville, Ky., 1947. Elvis Presley sworn into the U.S. Army, 1958.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International
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Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs, joined by the Kentucky Thunder Band, plays traditional bluegrass music at Merlefest, a four-day Americana music festival, at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. on April 30, 2005. This is the 18th anniversary of the festival, which draws top bluegrass, country and American roots musicians. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)

For the punk rock musician, see Ricky Scaggs.

Richard Lee "Ricky" Skaggs (born July 18, 1954) is a country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo.

Ricky Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. He started playing music at age 5 after he was given a mandolin by his father, Hobert. At age 6, he played mandolin on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television's Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young.

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