Country star Ricky Skaggs is to be honoured by his hometown university in Kentucky with a doctorate.

The COUNTRY BOY singer will be presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, next month (18DEC04).

He says, "I feel like I'm getting a fresh wind in my career. I'm doing what I love to do, and every day I count my blessings that I get to go back to my roots and play the music that runs in my veins."

It gives Skaggs a double reason to celebrate - his latest album, Brand New STRINGS, just hit number one on Billboard's bluegrass albums chart.

18/11/2004 21:11