Ancient Tones

Ancient Tones

by Ricky Skaggs
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
Label:
Skaggs Family
UPC:
0669890100124
catalogNumber:
901001
Rank:
18578

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   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
Brent King   Engineer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Jim Sherraden   Artwork
King Williams   Engineer
Tye Bellar   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ruby Rakes   Composer
R. Rakes   Composer

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