Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby

Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby

by Ricky Skaggs
     
 
The first album-length collaboration between Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby comes with certain expectations. Suffice it to say, no one will leave disappointed. Backed by Skaggs' redoubtable Kentucky Thunder band and featuring guest shots by the likes of dobro giant Jerry Douglas and the ever-hip traditionalist John Anderson, the pair weave bluegrass and jazz-pop into

Overview

The first album-length collaboration between Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby comes with certain expectations. Suffice it to say, no one will leave disappointed. Backed by Skaggs' redoubtable Kentucky Thunder band and featuring guest shots by the likes of dobro giant Jerry Douglas and the ever-hip traditionalist John Anderson, the pair weave bluegrass and jazz-pop into a seamless, exhilarating tapestry. Hornsby contributes 4 of the 11 songs, including a minor-key, brooding rethinking of his hit "Mandolin Wind," as well as the lilting, Irish-tinged "Crown of Jewels." In addition to arranging some traditional tunes for the ensemble, Skaggs offers a toe-tapping new instrumental, "Stubb," that allows Hornsby plenty of room for a frolicsome piano solo that sets up Andy Leftwich's vibrant fiddle. Of the story-songs here (Hornsby's jazzy "A Night On the Town," the traditional "Across the Rocky Mountain"), the brisk, strutting "Hills of Mexico," about a cattle drive gone horribly awry, elicits Skaggs' most engaged, keening vocal. And who could have predicted the album closer? It's a driving bluegrass treatment of, yes, Rick James's "Super Freak," spotlighting John Anderson's wry lyric readings in between some super-hot pickin' by all concerned. Shame on them. Do it again, please.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886970668620
catalogNumber:
706686
Rank:
36821

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Triangle,Vocals,Soloist,Banjolin,Claw Hammer Banjo,Jaw Harp,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
John Anderson   Background Vocals
Bruce Hornsby   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Sonny Emory   Drums
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar,Soloist,Resonator
Jim Mills   Banjo
Cody Kilby   Banjo,Guitar,Soloist
Mark Fain   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Brewster   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Bruce Hornsby   Producer,Audio Production
Phil Madeira   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Wayne Pooley   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Andrew Mendelson   Engineer
John Hornsby   Composer

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