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Ricky Skaggs Opens Up About His Passion for Performing in this First Look at ‘The Big Interview’

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Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs joins Dan Rather in this first look at an all-new episode of The Big Interview, airing Tuesday, December 4 at 9pE/6pP.

During the discussion, Skaggs delves into his passion for performing and explains what drives him to take the stage each night, saying, “It don’t matter if you’re big on the charts, it don’t matter if you’re sellin’ tons of records and all that kind of stuff, I play this music because I’m called to it and I love it.” Reflecting on how the talented young musicians he surrounds himself with have inspired him to keep Country’s vibrant past alive in the present, Skaggs says, “They’re just amazing players, and the reason they’re with me is they want that tie to the past. They want to know the history of the music. And I think it gets across to the audience… It’s a beautiful thing, it really truly is. And to be part of that family is just incredible.” Watch it here.

Additionally, Skaggs recalls growing up under the guidance of legendary mentors, and how that has impacted his own rise as a Country music legend; shows off his impressive mandolin skills; tells a charming story about the day he was born, when his loud cries led the doctor to exclaim that he was destined to either be a pastor or a singer; and shares his thoughts on being inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame and the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame in the same year, joining an exclusive club of iconic performers who have been selected to both institutions.

To see more of this episode, tune in to The Big Interview on Tuesday, December 4 at 9pE/6pP, only on AXS TV.

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