Not gonna lie, I’ve been in a bluegrass mood here lately.
Sturgill Simpson released his concept album last Friday, The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, and after listening to that greatness, I found myself listening to his Cuttin’ Grass bluegrass albums on repeat all weekend long.
Next thing you know, I was blasting Ricky Skaggs, one of the most well-known and influential artist in the bluegrass genre… EVER.
Needless to say, I was inspired.
After a deep dive into the vaults, I found a hidden gem of ol’ Ricky.
Believe it or not, the man found himself in the company of Flatt & Scruggsat seven years old, all the way back in 1961.
To my surprise (or I guess my lack of knowledge), before he went on to have so much success in bluegrass, he was an absolute child prodigy.
In the video, he walks up on stage and tells the singers:
“I wanna pick.”
Next thing you know, Skaggs started to go absolutely HAM on the mandolin to hit bluegrass songs, “Foggy Mountain Special,” and “Ruby.”