At 65, Ricky Skaggs Rises From “Country Boy” to Elder Stateman

His 1985 Music Video Featured the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe

Today is Ricky Skaggs’ 65th birthday, and while he’s years away from being declared the Grand Old Man of Bluegrass (the substantially older Osborne Brothers, Del McCoury and Jesse McReynolds still walk among us), Skaggs, with his avuncular smile and mane of snow-white hair, is unquestionably a revered member of the genre’s Council of Elders.

But let’s flash back 38 years to when Skaggs was making his first confident steps in a new direction.

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