Music to My Ears

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Since he came on the scene playing with Flatt & Scruggs in 1969, Ricky Skaggs has been a leader in the field of progressive bluegrass, but he's never forsaken the music's deep roots or traditional style. He shows off how well he can bridge those two worlds on Music to My Ears, a record that's traditional and progressive at the same time, without ever sounding forced. The pickers and singers he's chosen for the album are the best Nashville has to offer, and the arrangements are full of surprises. Bee Gee Barry Gibb joins Scaggs on lead vocals for "Soldier's Son," a song steeped in the traditions of protest music and the Celtic folk tradition. Gibb wrote it, but its message ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Since he came on the scene playing with Flatt & Scruggs in 1969, Ricky Skaggs has been a leader in the field of progressive bluegrass, but he's never forsaken the music's deep roots or traditional style. He shows off how well he can bridge those two worlds on Music to My Ears, a record that's traditional and progressive at the same time, without ever sounding forced. The pickers and singers he's chosen for the album are the best Nashville has to offer, and the arrangements are full of surprises. Bee Gee Barry Gibb joins Scaggs on lead vocals for "Soldier's Son," a song steeped in the traditions of protest music and the Celtic folk tradition. Gibb wrote it, but its message is one of lamenting the death of poor soldiers paying the ultimate price for human foolishness. Andy Leftwich's fiddling and Skip Clevenger's bagpipes and pennywhistle give the track a timeless Celtic feel. Skaggs flatpicks his guitar in the style of Doc Watson on "Tennessee Stud," a tribute to his fallen friend. Like Watson, Skaggs brings the lyric to life with his expressive vocals. Electric guitar and piano aren't frequently heard in bluegrass, but Skaggs manages to seamlessly integrate both here. "What Are You Waiting For" is an aching country/bluegrass ballad with subtle keyboards complementing Skaggs' sparse mandolin fills and Gordon Kennedy's electric moving between slide guitar fills that sound like pedal steel and short, subtle, rock-influenced leads. Skaggs plays more traditionally on "You Can't Hurt Ham," a playful tribute to down-home cooking that features Justin Moses' fine banjo picking as well as Skaggs' tasteful mandolin and Carter Stanley's "Loving You Too Well," which showcases Skaggs' soulful vocal style. The title tune is an inspiring prayer for peace with an uplifting chorus that will have you singing along in no time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • UPC: 669890101329
  • Catalog Number: 901013
  • Sales rank: 13,955

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Claw Hammer Banjo, Fretless Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Barry Gibb Vocals, Background Vocals
Gordon Kennedy Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Tommy Sims Background Vocals
Cody Kilby Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Soloist
Paul Brewster Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ben Cooper Piano, Background Vocals
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Justin Moses Banjo, Weissenborn
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Skip Clevenger Bagpipes
Barry Blades Bass
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Composer, Producer
Don Stover Composer
Jimmie Driftwood Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Gordon Kennedy Composer, Producer
Brent King Engineer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Mark Simos Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Lee Groitzsch Engineer
Lisa Aschmann Composer
Melinda Schneider Composer
Ashley Gibb Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Ben Cooper Composer, Engineer
Bobby Cudd Booking
Becky Buller Composer
Stephen Gibb Composer
Jeff Taylor Whistle
Skip Clevenger Whistle
David Kirk McGee Composer
Charlotte Scott Management
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