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Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

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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).

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.