By Matt McGregor
Staff Writer 

Ricky Skaggs Explains His Path To Bluegrass - Brevard, NC


Last updated 6/22/2017 at 2:14pm

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Ricky Skaggs

Instead of playing at the Brevard Music Center next Tuesday, award-winning bluegrass and country musician Ricky Skaggs might have had other plans if it hadn't been for his childhood encounter with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe in 1960.

"I was 6 years old, and my dad had bought me a mandolin," Skaggs recollected. "I hadn't been playing long when my family and I went to a high school in Martha, Ky., to see Bill Monroe play."

Monroe, a musician, singer and songwriter who died in 1996, played the mandolin and is credited for creating the genre of bluegrass, which is why he is commonly referred...

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