In 1961, when Skaggs was still only 7 years old, the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry, so that he could grow up in the nerve center of bluegrass and country music. Later that year, Skaggs made his professional debut playing the mandolin (with the famous bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs) on Martha White’s syndicated television show; he earned $52.50 for his performance.

Little did he know that this was just the beginning of his legendary career.