Ricky Skaggs kicked off his career in an unusual way.
His first onstage performance was with legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, who was performing near Skaggs’ hometown in Kentucky. Skaggs had developed a reputation in the area for playing the mandolin and singing, and Monroe’s audience insisted the “Father of Bluegrass” let the young musician have a turn on stage. Monroe consented, and discovered moments later the mandolinist at large had just turned 6 years old.
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