Highways & Heartaches available February 24 for the first time on Skaggs Family Records, followed by other 1980′s classics
At the dawn of 1982, few might have predicted that Ricky Skaggs was about to become one of the most important country artists of the decade. But by years end, Skaggs had notched three #1 country singles and become the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, ascending to his perch atop the country music landscape. He was credited by legend Chet Atkins as “single handedly saving” country music.
The 1982 release of Highways & Heartaches was the start of a remarkable run for Skaggs of 12 #1 Country singles and 12 Top 20 Country albums. Between the Spring of 1982 and the Summer of 1983, Skaggs saw 5 different songs reach #1. In February of 1983 he won the first of his 13 Grammys, and two years later he would be the CMA’s “Entertainer of the Year.” The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll states “It would be impossible to imagine new traditionalist country music without Ricky Skaggs.”
Available for the first time in years on CD, the February 24 reissue of Highways & Heartaches on Skaggs Family Records finds Skaggs embarking on an ambitious project to expand his legacy. Culled from the original master tapes, Skaggs will release all of his Epic Records chart toppers, including ‘Waiting for the Sun to Shine,’ ‘Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown’ and ‘Country Boy.’
The platinum selling Highways & Heartaches spawned three #1 Country hits, “Heartbroke,” “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could,” and “Highway 40 Blues.” The album features appearances by Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Buck White and Sharon White, and the songwriting expertise of Rodney Crowell, Larry Cordle, Bill Monroe and Guy Clark.