Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs

By Ricky Skaggs

In contrast to different farm boys starting to be up within the small city of Cordell, Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs discovered to play the mandolin at 5 years previous. certain, lots of different mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or discovered the outdated songs their grandparents taught them. yet few attempted and less nonetheless mastered the mandolin. by the point he was once six years outdated, Ricky Skaggs's expertise was once transparent sufficient that his daddy knew he needed to get that boy onstage. whilst bluegrass grasp and mandolin virtuoso invoice Monroe rolled right into a within sight small city, Ricky was once there. because the crowd cheered, "Let little Ricky sing one!" so begun a storied existence in music.

With invoice Monroe as a mentor and with a family members who supported him at each flip, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and have become a certified musician at age fifteen. by way of twenty-one he used to be already thought of a celebrity within the bluegrass international. but, following the recommendation of song executives, Skaggs moved clear of his roots into the realm of mainstream state music--and in doing so, turned a rustic legend and a loved ones identify.

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Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music

In contrast to different farm boys transforming into up within the small city of Cordell, Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs discovered to play the mandolin at 5 years previous. convinced, lots of different mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or discovered the previous songs their grandparents taught them. yet few attempted and less nonetheless mastered the mandolin.

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