Bluegrass Rules!

Bluegrass Rules!

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by Ricky Skaggs
     
 

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Ricky Skaggs returned to his bluegrass roots with this 1997 collection that shows his mastery of the high lonesome sound. Skaggs never really left those Kentucky roots behind, but while riding high in country music, he was contractually unable to record a straight bluegrass album for more than a decade. The joy he felt in being able to do that at long last is evident

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Ricky Skaggs returned to his bluegrass roots with this 1997 collection that shows his mastery of the high lonesome sound. Skaggs never really left those Kentucky roots behind, but while riding high in country music, he was contractually unable to record a straight bluegrass album for more than a decade. The joy he felt in being able to do that at long last is evident in these tracks, from Bill Monroe's "Get Up John" and Earl Scruggs' "Somehow Tonight" to Carter Stanley's "Ridin' the Midnight Train" and Skaggs' own "Amanda Jewell." "We tried to record like they did in the '40s and '50s, just set up in a circle around a microphone and start pickin' and singin'," Skaggs says. Mission accomplished, and we are all lucky that it was. Kerry Dexter

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Fifteen years after leaving bluegrass behind, Ricky Skaggs returned to his first love in 1997 with Bluegrass Rules! It may have taken him a while to make this record, but the wait was well worth it. Bluegrass Rules! is an energetic, invigorating listen, filled with joy and spirited playing. Backed by Kentucky Thunder (Bryan Sutton, Bobby Hicks, Dennis Parker, Paul Brewster, Marc Pruett, Mark Fain), Skaggs enlivens traditional bluegrass songs with unpredictable arrangements, unexpected licks and impassioned singing. It's one of Skaggs' very best records, proving that most bluegrass musicians just improve with age.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661080126
catalogNumber:
801
Rank:
69905

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Dennis Parker   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kentucky Thunder   Group
Marc Purett   Banjo

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
Schulman   Engineer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Tom Davis   Engineer
Schulman   Engineer

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