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Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder performing on June 15, 2008.
Background information
Origin Kentucky, USA
Genres Bluegrass
Years active 1997Present
Labels Rounder, Sugar Hill, Hollywood, RCA, Skaggs Family Records
Associated acts Ricky Skaggs
Members
Andy Leftwich
Cody Kilby
Paul Brewster
Jim Mills
Mark Fain
Ed Faris

Kentucky Thunder, or Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, is the band that plays with Ricky Skaggs. Many members of the band have won numerous awards. Bandleader Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin and is the lead vocalist. The group has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association multiple times, as well as six Grammy Awards.[1]

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Line-up

The current line-up is;

Discography

Year Album Chart Positions
US Bluegrass US Country
1997 Bluegrass Rules 45
1999 Ancient Tones 46
1999 Soldier of the Cross 65
2001 History of the Future 10 35
2001 Weapon of Prayer
2003 Live at the Charleston Music Hall 2 32
2004 Brand New Strings 1 60
2006 Instrumentals 1 73
2008 Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass:
Tribute to 1946 and 1947
A
1 29
  • AHonoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 peaked at #191 on the Billboard 200.

Awards

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Grammy awards

  • 1998 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Bluegrass Rules!
  • 1999 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Ancient Tones
  • 2000 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Soldier Of The Cross
  • 2003 Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for A Simple Life
  • 2004 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Brand New Strings
  • 2006 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Instrumentals
  • 2009 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 & 1947

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards

  • 1998 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 1998 Album Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for Bluegrass Rules!
  • 1999 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2000 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2002 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2003 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2004 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2005 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • 2006 Instrumental Group Of The Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

References

  1. ^ "Since then, Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder have released an amazing 8 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics, (6 of which went on to earn the revered award)..."[1]

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