|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
29 April 1909, Blue Lick, near Berea, Kentucky, USA, d. 27 October 1979. Skinner relocated with the family to Hamilton, near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1926, where he found work in a factory. In 1928, he heard recordings by Jimmie Rodgers that impressed him so much that he bought a guitar and set out to be a singer. He first broadcast on WCKY Covington and in the early 30s with his brother Esmer, he recorded two instrumentals for Gennett, though neither was released. Skinner began to write songs and continued to perform in his local area. In 1941, he was signed by RCA Records, but again owing to wartime material shortages he had no releases. During the next few years, he played regularly on several stations including WHPD Mt. Orab, Ohio, and WHTN Huntingdon, West Virginia. He finally had record releases after recording for Red Barn Records, although he had to handle distribution himself. His recording of Will You Be Satisfied That Way was popular enough in...