Ancient Tones

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All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Ricky Skaggs has become an American musical institution. Sure, you don't hear his name as often as, say, Garth Brooks, but he is just as important on the musical landscape. As a multi-instrumentalist, Skaggs has worked with the best in the business, and now he brings it all back home with this, the follow-up to Bluegrass Rules! on his own Skaggs Family record label and a collection of some of the finest classic bluegrass tracks ever compiled on a single disc. Beginning with a track penned by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, Skaggs and his band move through "Walls of Time" with nothing short of perfection. Skaggs also covers "Mighty Dark to Travel," "Boston Boy," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Ricky Skaggs has become an American musical institution. Sure, you don't hear his name as often as, say, Garth Brooks, but he is just as important on the musical landscape. As a multi-instrumentalist, Skaggs has worked with the best in the business, and now he brings it all back home with this, the follow-up to Bluegrass Rules! on his own Skaggs Family record label and a collection of some of the finest classic bluegrass tracks ever compiled on a single disc. Beginning with a track penned by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, Skaggs and his band move through "Walls of Time" with nothing short of perfection. Skaggs also covers "Mighty Dark to Travel," "Boston Boy," and "I Believed in You Darlin'," all written by Skaggs' mentor, Monroe. Also covered are Carter Stanley's "Lonesome Night" and "How Mountain Girls Can Love," a full-speed-ahead bluegrass romp. Billy Joe Foster's "Give Us Rain" and the definitive song of the genre, written by Ralph and Carter Stanley, "Pig in a Pen," are fresh and alive with Skaggs' smooth vocals and fiery mandolin work. Skaggs saves one spot on the album to perform his own composition, "Connerma," and delivers an excellent arrangement of the traditional "Little Bessie." It is a rare thing to find an album that so clearly defines an entire genre of music the way Ancient Tones does. It is a gem of a record -- a record to help carry the memory of folks like Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and, of course, Ricky Skaggs into the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • UPC: 669890100124
  • Catalog Number: 901001
  • Sales rank: 45,428

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Bodhran
Jerry Douglas Guitar
John Cowan Tenor (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Mary Alice Hoepfinger Harp
Jim Mills Banjo
Darrin Vincent Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Fain Bass
Paul Brewster Rhythm Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Peter Rowan Composer
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Graham Lewis Engineer
Don Cobb Mastering
Brent King Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Carter Stanley Composer
Jim Sherraden Artwork
King Williams Engineer
Tye Bellar Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ruby Rakes Composer
R. Rakes Composer
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