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Popular bluegrass and mandolin player Ricky Skaggs is known for several popular country hits, including "Country Boy."
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"I feel like my mission in life is to introduce a new generation of listeners to this music," he said in a recent interview. "I'm always conscious and mindful that there's a lot of people sitting out there listening to me that don't know where this music came from. So it's important to me to introduce them to Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanleys and Monroes, and show people where the music came from, talk about 'em, talk about the sacrifice that they made riding around in a station wagon,
or six people deep in an old limousine riding around the country."
Skaggs married Sharon White, lead singer of the country music band The Whites, in 1981.
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