The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs holding mandolin
Ricky Skaggs
Credit rickyskaggs.com / Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs was just five years old when he first got his hands on a mandolin. Many boys in small town Kentucky were playing the guitar or the fiddle, but not the mandolin. With a rich and varied career in bluegrass and country, Skaggs is known for that masterful mandolin sound. 

He performs in Durham tomorrow night as part of the Skaggs Family Christmas. Host Frank Stasio talks with Skaggs about his origins and his most recent autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music" (It Books, 2013).

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