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KNUE’s Monday Throwback Videos: Ricky Skaggs

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It’s no secret I love country music, especially classic country music. That’s why I never miss the KNUE Gold Rush show with John Moore Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. If you tune into the Gold Rush you will be certain to hear your favorite country legends. This past Saturday I heard a song I haven’t heard in a while from Ricky Skaggs, “Highway 40 Blues.” After doing some research on Ricky, I found out he received his first mandolin at the age of 5 after his father, Hobert, heard him harmonizing with his mother from across the house as he played with his toys. According to his bio, Ricky was playing chords a few weeks after that.  He soon earned a reputation among the locals in his community.

When Bill Monroe came to Martha, Ky., for a performance, the crowd wouldn’t let up until “Little Ricky Skaggs” got up to play. The father of bluegrass let him play and that was that. No one could have imagined what a defining moment that would be in the life of the young prodigy. By age 7, Skaggs had made his Grand Ole Opry debut and performed with bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show, for which he earned his first paycheck for a musical performance.

What a great story! Tune into the KNUE Gold Rush show with John Moore every Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. and enjoy the greatest country songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I promise you’ll have a good time.

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