A Day in the Life of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Russ Carson is a clever guy. Not only among the finest to strap a five-string banjo to his side, he’s also an insightful photographer and a budding videographer, besides working full time with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Recently Russ fulfilled a plan he’s been hatching for several months, to document a full day on the road with Skaggs on video. He shot everything, from getting packed the night before, to loading the bus, driving gigward, loading out, playing the show, loading up again, and riding home – including a few minutes with the old man – all set to original music by Ricky Skaggs.

After shooting much of the day, Russ downloaded all the footage to his trusty computer and created this mini-documentary.

If you have any fascination for the road life, i.e., what these top flight musicians go through on a regular basis to bring the music you love where you live, it’s well worth a half hour of your time.


Well done, Mr. Carson.

You can see his other video creations on YouTube, including lots of banjo stuff, and duet renditions of classic tunes with his friends Patrick McAvinue and his band-buddy, Jake Workman.

Learn more about Russ and his many talents online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.