Country Hits: Bluegrass Style

Country Hits: Bluegrass Style

by Ricky Skaggs


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890101121
catalogNumber: 901011
Rank: 29263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Background Vocals,Soloist,Cajun Triangle
Buck White   Piano
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Larry Eagle   Percussion
John Gardner   Drums
Jim Mills   Banjo
Cheryl White   Background Vocals
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Cody Kilby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Justin Moses   Banjo,Dobro
John G. Elliott   Piano
Eddie Faris   Background Vocals
Nashville String Ensemble   Strings

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Guy Clark   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Albert Lee   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Shake Russell   Composer
Tony Colton   Composer
Paul Jones   Composer
Hillary Kanter   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Mark Fain   Tic Tac
Lee Groitzsch   Engineer
George Sherry   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
John G. Elliott   Composer
Raymond Smith   Composer
Carl Robert Butler   Composer
William S. Monroe   Composer

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