Soldier of the Cross

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All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Ricky Skaggs continues to embody the very spirit of the late Bill Monroe on his latest release, a 14-song collection of gospel favorites, delivered with all the bluegrass precision you have come to expect from the multi-talented Skaggs. From the sounding of a ram's horn at the album's outset, perhaps as a spiritual call to arms, the CD delivers a moving set of tunes, beginning with the title track, "Soldier of the Cross," a Lorin Rowan composition, and moving into Bill Monroe's own "A Voice From on High." Ralph Stanley's "The Darkest Hour" is a special treat, and marks the second time Skaggs has recorded this particular tune. He played and sang backup for Emmylou ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Ricky Skaggs continues to embody the very spirit of the late Bill Monroe on his latest release, a 14-song collection of gospel favorites, delivered with all the bluegrass precision you have come to expect from the multi-talented Skaggs. From the sounding of a ram's horn at the album's outset, perhaps as a spiritual call to arms, the CD delivers a moving set of tunes, beginning with the title track, "Soldier of the Cross," a Lorin Rowan composition, and moving into Bill Monroe's own "A Voice From on High." Ralph Stanley's "The Darkest Hour" is a special treat, and marks the second time Skaggs has recorded this particular tune. He played and sang backup for Emmylou Harris' version of the song in 1978, but his version shines brightly in and of itself. One of the true classics here is "Gone Home," the old Bill Carlisle tune made famous in the 1950s by Flatt & Scruggs. Anyone who grew up in the South is bound to have heard at least half a dozen versions of this one, but none more pristine that the version included here. Also outstanding is the somber "Seven Hillsides," an absolutely powerful lyric that tells the story of a life from a preacher's perspective, and "Are You Afraid to Die," which includes an actual audio clip from one of Billy Graham's crusades. Closing out the CD is an a cappella rendition of the traditional "Lead Me to the Rock." Skaggs' soaring tenor voice sends chills up the spine with this faith-inspired vocal, and it is the perfect end-cap for an outstanding bluegrass album, as well as an inspirational gospel recording, all rolled into one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • UPC: 669890500122
  • Catalog Number: 905001
  • Sales rank: 49,528

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, shofar, Archguitar
Jerry Douglas Slide Guitar
Ralph Stanley Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Lisa Bevill Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Bobby Hicks Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Kenny Malone Percussion
Marty McCall Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jim Mills Banjo, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
George Shuffler Bass (Vocal)
Geoff Thurman Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Darrin Vincent Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Brewster Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony, High Tenor Vocal
Bryan Sutton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Clay Hess Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Billy Graham Spoken Word
Jerry Douglas-Wiessenborn Slide Guitar
Bonnie King Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Producer, Audio Production
Don Cobb Mastering
Brent King Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Alan Shulman Engineer
Stan Strickland Art Direction
Crystal Dunn Art Direction
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