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Book Nook: Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music, by Ricky Skaggs with Eddie Dean

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Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long career as one of the best mandolin players on the planet. He has been playing since he was a small boy. At an early age he met many of his musical idols; Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley. He decided that it was finally time to tell his story. And what a story he has to tell in this memoir "Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music."

In this interview he takes us back to some of his earliest memories; the day he woke up and found a miniature mandolin in his bed, what it was like to appear on TV for the very first time, the day he found all those old Stanley Brothers albums at a record store in Columbus.

Read his book and you'll discover that there have been a few potholes along the way, too. At one point he even stopped playing music. "Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music" is frank, candid, and always thoroughly entertaining.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.