by Ricky Skaggs


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Ricky Skaggs has been so steady throughout his long career, turning out finely crafted country pop hits, and since 1997, at least, basing most of his recorded work around bluegrass and his stellar mandolin playing rather than the Nashville mainstream, that's it's easy to forget how varied his output actually is, and he's at a point now where he can explore whatever avenue he wants on his new Skaggs Family Records imprint. On Mosaic, he steps back from that bluegrass base and delivers a fully accessible and modern record of melodic and spiritually-themed pop songs that aren't exactly country, aren't exactly gospel, and aren't exactly rock, although they explore the same dynamics. Truthfully, if there's a distant influence over this record, it might well be the Beatles, as song after song here unwinds with beautiful pop melodies and carefully arranged studio touches, including occasional orchestration and even backwards guitars. Don't worry, Skaggs plays some mandolin on Mosaic, but he's more likely to be playing electric guitar on these tracks, and if the overall sound is on the country side of pop, the themes and lyrics are pure gospel -- this is an album about God. The title track, "Mosaic," which is also the lead off track, is an obvious highlight, as is the ballad "Instead," which features orchestration and bagpipes, "I'm Awake Now," which comes embedded with tastefully applied backwards-sounding electric guitars and a lead vocal by Molly Skaggs, and the album's rhythmic centerpiece, "My Cup Runneth Over," complete with some guest electric guitar from Peter Frampton. There is nothing remotely traditional about these tracks, and Skaggs' many bluegrass fans may scratch their heads at this outing, but the music on Mosaic, for all its graceful experimentation, doesn't sound madcap or out of place with the whole of Skaggs' legacy. It's both familiar and new, and very, very hummable.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2010
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890101022
catalogNumber: 901010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Cello,Background Vocals,Baritone,Mandocello,Guitar (12 String Electric),Octave Mandolin,Guitar (Baritone)
Peter Frampton   Guitar,Soloist
George Beverly Shea   Guest Appearance
Steve Brewster   Percussion,Drums
Shane Keister   Piano
Jerry Kennedy   Dobro
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Mike Lawler   Organ
Blair Masters   Keyboards
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Tommy Sims   Background Vocals
David Hamilton   Piano,Conductor
Born Again Choir   Background Vocals
Ben Cooper   Background Vocals
Molly Skaggs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Skip Clevenger   uillean pipes,Irish Flute

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Phil Madeira   Composer
George Beverly Shea   Contributor
Mark Gersmehl   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Brent King   Engineer
Blair Masters   Programming
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
David Hamilton   String Arrangements
Melinda Schneider   Composer
Ben Cooper   Composer
Langdon Reid   Composer
Wil Reid   Composer

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