The Raconteurs – Video of The Week
Earlier in the year, the The Raconteurs release “Live at Electric Lady”. Furthermore, it’s worth watching and getting a behind the scenes look at Electric Ladyland. But, today we’re featuring another great collaboration that the Raconteurs did with Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe. This is an unbelievable blue grass ensemble. And Ashley Monroe’s voice is so haunting and perfect for this group of seasoned musicians. It’s these kind of collaborations that makes this band stand out. This is what happens when 7 insanely talented musicians end up in the same room.
Ricky Skaggs – Mandolin Man
Ricky was born on July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky. Furthermore, he receives his first mandolin at the age of five after his father, Hobert, heard him harmonizing with his mother. Two weeks after teaching him the G, C and D chords, Hobert returns from working out of town. He’s shocked to see his young son making chord changes and singing along. He soon earned a reputation among the locals in his community.
The legendary Bill Monroe came to Martha, Kentucky for a performance. The crowd wouldn’t let up until “Little Ricky Skaggs” got up to play. The father of bluegrass called six-year-old Skaggs up and placed his own mandolin around his neck, adjusting the strap to fit his small frame. No one could have imagined what a defining moment that would be in the life of the young prodigy. By age seven, Skaggs performed with bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show, for which he earned his first paycheck for a musical performance.
The Raconteurs — the supergroup comprised of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, and Jack Lawrence For those of you who don’t know this band, they formed in 2005. “Help Us Stranger” marks the band’s third studio album and first new music in 11 years.
Ashley Monroe is a country-music singer and songwriter. Not only does she have a solid career as a performer. She’s also a member of the Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. As well as doing collaborations with Nashville veterans (Vince Gill produced Monroe’s solo album Like a Rose), and collaborations with Jack White every now and then.
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