CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bluegrass and country music fans will have a chance Thursday evening to see and meet country music star Ricky Skaggs.
The Kentucky native isn't performing, but will be signing copies of his new memoir, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music" at 7 p.m. at Books-A-Million at Dudley Farms Plaza.
The book, released Aug. 13, covers the 59-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner's early years in music, his success in mainstream country and his return to bluegrass, as well as his personal life.
"I think it's a real American story," Skaggs said. "It's about hard work and dedication. There's talent, but that's a gift, but faith and family are really a big part of my life. My relationship to my mom and dad are almost on every page, and there's the relationships I've had with the elders of bluegrass music -- Ralph Stanley, Flatt and Scruggs."
Skaggs said he was first approached to write a memoir about 10 years ago, but ended up passing on the offer.
"I knew that it would take a long, long time to do this," he said. "And I had a new record label, Skaggs Family Records, and I was pretty busy producing acts on that label like Mountain Heart and Blue Highway."
He just wasn't ready until Harper Collins asked him two years ago when he could manage to put his memories down at a manageable pace.
Skaggs said he constructed his story in pieces. One day, he'd talk about something that happened a few years ago. The next, he'd talk about events in his life that were only a day or so old.