Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886970668620
  • Catalog Number: 706686
  • Sales rank: 23,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Dreaded Spoon - Bruce Hornsby (3:02)
  2. 2 Gulf of Mexico Fishing Boat Blues - Bruce Hornsby (3:36)
  3. 3 Across the Rocky Mountain - Bruce Hornsby (6:05)
  4. 4 Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby (6:09)
  5. 5 Stubb - Bruce Hornsby (4:39)
  6. 6 Come on Out - Bruce Hornsby (3:26)
  7. 7 A Night on the Town - Bruce Hornsby (5:14)
  8. 8 Sheep Shell Corn - Bruce Hornsby (2:26)
  9. 9 Hills of Mexico - Bruce Hornsby (3:50)
  10. 10 Crown of Jewels - Bruce Hornsby (6:21)
  11. 11 Super Freak - Bruce Hornsby (4:04)
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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
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
Paul Brewster Vocal Harmony
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Bruce Hornsby Producer
Phil Madeira Composer
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Brent King Engineer
Wayne Pooley Engineer
Traditional Composer
Andrew Mendelson Engineer
John Hornsby Composer
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