Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
If you're Ricky Skaggs, bluegrass has always been in your heart, and that heart has been pledged specifically to the sounds of Bill Monroe. So it's no surprise to find Ricky assembling an all-star cast for an old-fashioned hoedown in memory of the father of bluegrass, and it's a big winner. Bruce Hornsby's evocative opening take on "Darling Corey" sounds more like a Bruce Hornsby song than a Bill Monroe song, but the next 13 cuts keep the faith in a most admirable way. Dolly Parton's resurgence as a bluegrass artist continues with a powerful, understated performance of "Cry, Cry Darlin'," and Patty Loveless moans "Close By" as if it were an outtake from her wonderful ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
If you're Ricky Skaggs, bluegrass has always been in your heart, and that heart has been pledged specifically to the sounds of Bill Monroe. So it's no surprise to find Ricky assembling an all-star cast for an old-fashioned hoedown in memory of the father of bluegrass, and it's a big winner. Bruce Hornsby's evocative opening take on "Darling Corey" sounds more like a Bruce Hornsby song than a Bill Monroe song, but the next 13 cuts keep the faith in a most admirable way. Dolly Parton's resurgence as a bluegrass artist continues with a powerful, understated performance of "Cry, Cry Darlin'," and Patty Loveless moans "Close By" as if it were an outtake from her wonderful Mountain Soul. The Dixie Chicks, in their first released recording since Fly, provide impeccable harmony singing -- a soothing counterpoint to the spite-filled deliveries of Natalie Maines and Skaggs -- on the bitter breakup classic "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine." Kentucky native Dwight Yoakam checks in with a spirited, fiddle-driven production of "Rocky Road Blues," sounding appropriately buffoonish as he celebrates his woman's taking off with another man and then sheepishly admits he regrets being alone. John Fogerty adds proper historical perspective on Monroe's influence by offering a feisty, Presley-styled read: rockabilly interpretation of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," complete with slapping bass and guitar solos that liberally quote from the texts of Scotty Moore and Carl Perkins. Steve Wariner, the Whites, Joan Osborne duetting with Ricky on the plaintive "On the Old Kentucky Shore", and Mary Chapin Carpenter all pitch in with exemplary performances, and Skaggs wraps up the proceedings with a rip-roaring workout on "Uncle Pen," with Travis Tritt, the Whites, Charlie Daniels and Mary Chapin all taking turns round the microphone. Add this to the recently issued salute to Webb Pierce, Caught in the Webb, and 2002 is a mighty good year for country music tributes.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Featuring an all-star lineup of country and rock's biggest names, Ricky Skaggs' heartfelt tribute to bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe is well-intended but a little too slick. Featuring artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Dixie Chicks, Charlie Daniels, John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, Patty Loveless, Joan Osborne, Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, the Whites, and Dwight Yoakam, it is made overwhelmingly clear that the music of Monroe has made an impact on many different musical genres. Unfortunately, the genre that this CD is lacking is bluegrass; the listener has to wait until the last track the scattered "Big Mon" to hear some real pickers like J.D. Crowe and members of the Del McCoury Band perform traditional down-home music. There is no one else in the music industry who works harder to bring traditional American bluegrass to the mainstream audience, but unfortunately the vehicle it arrives in usually ends up being a new Cadillac, not the sturdy 1943 Ford pickup it belongs in. [This album was originally released on Skaggs' own Skaggs Family Records under the title Big Mon, and was re-released on Disney's Lyric Street imprint under the title Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe with one additional track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Lyric Street
  • UPC: 720616503022
  • Catalog Number: 165030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darling Corey by Bruce Hornsby
  2. 2 Cry, Cry Darling by Dolly Parton
  3. 3 Heavy Traffic Ahead by Steve Wariner
  4. 4 Close By by Patty Loveless
  5. 5 Blue Moon of Kentucky by John Fogerty
  6. 6 Used to Be by the Whites
  7. 7 Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine by the Dixie Chicks & Ricky Skaggs
  8. 8 My Little Georgia Rose by Travis Tritt
  9. 9 I Am a Pilgrim by Charlie Daniels
  10. 10 On the Old Kentucky Shore by Joan Osborne & Ricky Skaggs
  11. 11 Blue Night by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  12. 12 Rocky Road Blues by Dwight Yoakam
  13. 13 Uncle Pen by Ricky Skaggs & Travis Tritt, Sharon & Cheryl White, Charlie Daniels & Mary Chapin Carpenter
  14. 14 Big Mon (instrumental)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar (Electric Baritone), Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar
Sam Bush Mandolin
Patty Loveless Vocals
Dolly Parton Vocals
Travis Tritt Banjo, Vocals
Steve Wariner Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Vocals
John Fogerty Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Hornsby Piano, Vocals
Buck White Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Drums
The Whites Track Performer
Bob Bailey Background Vocals
Dixie Chicks Track Performer
Luke Bulla Fiddle
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals
Jason Carter Fiddle
Charlie Daniels Vocals
J.D. Crowe Banjo
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Béla Fleck Banjo
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
John Jennings Acoustic Guitar
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Jim Mills Banjo
Joey Miskulin Accordion
Kayton Roberts Steel Guitar
Cheryl White Bass, Vocals
Roland White Mandolin
Sharon White Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joan Osborne Vocals
Darrin Vincent Background Vocals
Lee Ann Womack Vocals
Mark Fain Bass, Slap Bass
Paul Brewster Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Natalie Maines Vocals
Emily Robison Banjo, Dobro
Clay Hess Acoustic Guitar
Rob Ikes Slide Guitar
martin Siedel Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Producer, Liner Notes
Bruce Hornsby Arranger, Composer
Emory Gordy Vocal Editing
Brent King Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Alan Shulman Engineer
Terry Stewart Liner Notes
Glenn Sweitzer Illustrations, Cover Design
Eric Conn Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Why Bluegrass is so Awesome!

    For anyone looking to explore a new genre of music, bluegrass is definetely the way to go! Bluegrass music is a nice escape from the sometimes hard to understand, stressful sounding ruckus that many artists are trying to pass as music. Ricky Skaggs & Friends Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe is a great introductory CD into the world of Bluegrass music. This CD is packed with emotion filled songs that will reaffirm to you why so many people are falling in love with country and bluegrass music. Ricky Skaggs has an all star line up in his collaboration with some of country music's biggest names like The Dixie Chikcs,Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and Charlie Daniels. This CD is a re-release of a CD called Big Mon that came out a while back but it offers a new track called Uncle Penn that features Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Sharon and Cheryl White, Charlie Daniels and Mary Chapin Carpenter. I love this CD and totally recommend it to everyone I know. Hope yall like it! ~TwoSteppinn

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