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RICKY SKAGGS PERFORMS AT MERLEFEST
Ricky Skaggs, joined by the Kentucky Thunder Band, plays traditional bluegrass music at Merlefest, a four-day Americana music festival, at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. on April 30, 2005. This is the 18th anniversary of the festival, which draws top bluegrass, country and American roots musicians. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)
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For the punk rock musician, see Ricky Scaggs.

Richard Lee "Ricky" Skaggs (born July 18, 1954) is a country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo.

Ricky Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. He started playing music at age 5 after he was given a mandolin by his father, Hobert. At age 6, he played mandolin on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television's Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young.

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