Country Hits:bluegrass Style CD (2011)

Artist: Ricky Skaggs

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Label Skaggs Family Records/fontana
SKU 222221459
UPC 669890101121
UPC 14 00669890101121
Format CD
Release Date 7/19/2011
Author Ricky Skaggs
Associated Artist/Work Scaggs, Ricky
Associated Artist/Work Stanley, Ralph
Associated Artist/Work Whitley, Keith
Technical Info
Engineer Lee Groitzsch; Brent King
Producer Ricky Skaggs
CatalogID 6989010112
Lable Name Skaggs Family Records
Released 07/19/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00669890101121
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Lee Groitzsch; Brent King.
Recording information: Skaggs Place Studios, Hendersonville, TN.
Photographer: Erick Anderson .
Ricky Skaggs has reached a point in his career where he can pretty much do anything he wants to do musically. That's the advantage of becoming an icon: what you do often isn't as important as the fact that you're still doing it. And Skaggs has already done plenty. A skilled instrumentalist on seemingly anything he touches (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo) and possessing a soulful, lonesome tenor, Skaggs was a member of Ralph Stanley's legendary traditional bluegrass band (with Keith Whitley), took a turn at more progressive bluegrass with the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South, fused traditional and progressive bluegrass in his own group Boone Creek, played in Emmylou Harris' band, and helped make Roses in the Snow one of her best albums, and when he finally went solo, he set the template for the New Traditionalist movement in modern country with a string of pop-inflected country hits in the '80s. In recent years, he has returned to his bluegrass roots while touring, but he feels comfortable in almost any genre, and his last album, 2010's Mosaic, co-produced by Skaggs and Gordon Kennedy, found him singing gospel-inflected country songs with a pop and rock feel that had as much to do with the Beatles as it did Ralph Stanley. But at base, Skaggs is a traditional bluegrass musician, and it probably should come as no surprise that his newest release finds him returning to that first love. Mostly acoustic, pleasingly sparse, and with occasional steel guitar touches, Country Hits: Bluegrass Style does exactly what the title says. This is Skaggs revisiting some of his country hits from the '80s (along with side visits to bluegrass classics like Flatt & Scruggs' "Don't Get Above Your Raisin'") in a stripped-down, backporch bluegrass format. It works because Skaggs is Skaggs, and his signature country hits "I Don't Care," "Crying My Heart Out Over You," "Heartbroke," and "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could" have all been recut for this project. None of these new versions exactly replace the original ones, but they show that Skaggs is comfortable with his legacy, and it's telling that the new versions carry themselves well. Country Hits: Bluegrass Style doesn't signal any kind of new direction for him and that may well be the album's most comfortable strength. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "The gorgeous result is like roots music squared." -- Grade: B
Disc 1
1 Heartbroke
2 Honey (Open That Door)
3 You've Got a Lover
4 Cajun Moon
5 Crying My Heart Out Over You
6 He Was On To Something (So He Made You)
7 Highway 40 Blues
8 Uncle Pen
9 Lovin' Only Me
10 I Don't Care
11 Country Boy
12 I Wouldn't Change You If I Could
13 Don't Get Above Your Raising
14 Somebody's Prayin'
Product Attributes
Artist Skaggs,Ricky
Music Format Compact Disc

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