What Happened to Ricky Van Shelton?

Shelton would go on to release RVS III in 1990, Backroads in 1991, gospel album Don’t Overlook Salvation in 1992 and Making Plans in 1998.

In May 2006, Shelton announced that he was retiring from country music to spend time with his family and his wife Bettye. The “I Am a Simple Man” singer had made enough money and decided to finally kick off his boots. Born in Danville, Virginia, and raised in Grit, Virginia, Shelton didn’t need to be in the limelight still to be happy. 

And Shelton wasn’t just a country singer. When he wasn’t crooning country songs, he wrote a hit series of children’s books. Tales From a Duck Named Quacker and Quacker Meets Mrs. Moo were both successful in their own right. 

But Shelton had had enough. He was more interested in backroads than red carpets. The “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” singer is living proof that fame and fortune aren’t what make people happy. He released his last album, Fried Green Tomatoes, in 2000. After doing some touring, he decided to leave the industry behind.

These days, according to his website, “Ricky spends time flying his airplane, working on his 150-acre farm, gardening, repairing his collection of classic cars and antiquing.”

From his debut album all the way to his last performance, Ricky gave us everything he had and he left behind decades of country classics for us to enjoy.

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