Bluegrass Rules!

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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...
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Barnes & Noble
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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661080126
  • Catalog Number: 801
  • Sales rank: 23,549

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 J.D.'s Words of Wisdom (0:05)
  2. 2 Get up John (4:06)
  3. 3 I Hope You've Learned (2:20)
  4. 4 Think of What You've Done (2:37)
  5. 5 Another Night (3:57)
  6. 6 The Drunken Driver (3:10)
  7. 7 Little Maggie (2:20)
  8. 8 Amanda Jewell (2:51)
  9. 9 If I Lose (2:09)
  10. 10 Ridin' That Midnight Train (2:20)
  11. 11 Rank Stranger (3:03)
  12. 12 Somehow Tonight (2:51)
  13. 13 Rawhide (2:59)
  14. 14 Well Glory (0:12)
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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
Don Cobb Mastering
Carlos Grier Mastering
Denny Purcell Mastering
Fred Rose Composer
Al Schulman Engineer
Carter Stanley Composer
Jonathan Russell Mastering
Tom Davis Engineer
Al Schulman Engineer
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