“I like the spirit movin’, but I don’t like them snakes movin’.” – Ricky Skaggs
Snake Salvation Pastor Andrew Hamblin was fast-tracked to become a bluegrass superstar when he was younger, but gave up his musical dreams to become a preacher and handle snakes. Playing bluegrass music is a forbidden practice in Hamblin’s Holiness faith. So when Hamblin pays a visit to 14-time Grammy winner and country legend Ricky Skaggs in tonight’s episode of Snake Salvation, it’s not likely that the two men will see eye to eye.
Hamblin met Skaggs back when he was still pursuing music, gaining moral support from the country star. Years later after he’d given up his instrument for the pulpit, Hamblin reconnected with the bluegrass player at a concert, putting his beliefs on the line by agreeing to play banjo with Skaggs.
When the two men meet up to play, Hamblin suggests that Skaggs visits his church. Skaggs quickly declined. “I can show my faith in God in other ways,” he says. For a moment, their differences seemed insurmountable.
But the two men don’t let their spiritual differences ruin the purpose of the afternoon, a chance to jam together. “I believe Ricky and me both spread the gospel, just in very different ways,” Hamblin says. He even works out a compromise to play banjo without compromising his beliefs – singing gospel music.
See Grammy-winning musician Ricky Skaggs cross paths with Pastor Hamblin on Snake Salvation tonight at 9P.