Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder represent an important chapter in the history of bluegrass music. The ensemble is helmed by Ricky Skaggs, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer, who was born on July 18, 1954, in Cordell, Kentucky. Skaggs began playing music at an early age, making his first appearance on stage with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe at just six years old. Over the course of his career, Skaggs has explored various forms of American roots music, including country, but he is best known for his contributions to bluegrass.

Skaggs first entered the mainstream in the 1980s as a country artist, earning several awards, including multiple Grammys and Country Music Association Awards. However, in the late 1990s, he returned to his bluegrass roots and formed Kentucky Thunder, a group of exceptionally talented musicians. The band quickly gained recognition for their extraordinary musical skill and intricate arrangements.