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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 seven Grammy Awards.[1]

Kentucky Thunder
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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder performing on June 15, 2008.
Background information
OriginKentucky, United States
GenresBluegrass
Years active1997[citation needed]–Present
LabelsRounder, Sugar Hill, Hollywood, RCA, Skaggs Family Records
Associated actsRicky Skaggs
MembersMike Barnett
Jake Workman
Paul Brewster
Russell Carson
Jeff Picker
Dennis Parker (bluegrass musician)
Past membersMark Fain
Bobby Hicks
Luke Bulla
Marc Pruett
Jim Mills
Justin Moses
Bryan Sutton
Clay Hess
Darrin Vincent
Ben Helson
Cody Kilby
Eddie Faris
Scott Mulvahill
Andy Leftwich

Contents

Line-upEdit

The current line-up is;

DiscographyEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US
Bluegrass Rules! 45
Ancient Tones
  • Release date: January 26, 1999
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
46
Soldier of the Cross
  • Release date: September 14, 1999
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
65
History of the Future
  • Release date: September 11, 2001
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
10 35
Live at the Charleston Music Hall
  • Release date: March 25, 2003
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
2 32
Brand New Strings
  • Release date: September 28, 2004
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
1 60
Instrumentals
  • Release date: August 1, 2006
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
1 73
Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass:
Tribute to 1946 and 1947
  • Release date: March 25, 2008
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
1 29 191
Music to My Ears
  • Release date: September 25, 2012
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
2 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

AwardsEdit

Grammy awardsEdit

  • 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
  • 2008 Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 & 1947

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) AwardsEdit

  • 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

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