Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In The Studio With... Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs and Gordon Kennedy

Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is putting the finishing touches on his new record, with guitar monster Gordon Kennedy playing, co-writing and co-producing. I had the honor of visiting Ricky at his studio in Hendersonville, TN to drop off a few samples of EXP acoustic strings, Planet Waves capos and headstock tuners, and was treated to an impromptu fretless banjo demonstration.

Ricky is looking for some different gauged strings for the banjo and I wanted to document the banjo's sound as it is now and try to help determine where to start with outfitting such an odd-ball instrument. As always, a stringed instrument in Ricky Skaggs' hands is soon to be making deep music.