An honest and inspirational memoir from one of the most enduringly popular artists in bluegrass and country music-multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Ricky Skaggs Unlike other young boys growing up in the small town of Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old. By the age of six, the musical prodigy found himself playing on stage with none other than Mr. Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. As the hometown crowd cheered "Let little Ricky sing one!" so began a storied life in music. With giants Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley as mentors, and a family that supported him at every turn, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band at age fifteen. By twenty-one he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding and beloved art forms. Today, with a total of fourteen Grammy Awards to his credit, Skaggs has become bluegrass music's official ambassador. In Kentucky Traveler Skaggs opens up to tell the story of a life come full circle-from his first memories of music in Kentucky, through his spectacular rise in the mainstream music industry, to his ultimate return back to the bluegrass music that he knows best. Skaggs tells the intimate stories of a successful career built on passion, drive, and faith, shares tales of his musical heroes and influences (from Bill Monroe to Ray Charles, Billy Graham, and Ralph Stanley, and Earl Scruggs), and paints a unique insider look at the evolution of a truly American art form.