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Review: Ricky Skaggs Solo - Songs My Dad Loved

Posted by Texasbanjo on Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Track Listing:

  1. Foggy River
  2. What is a Home Without Love
  3. Colonel Prentiss (instrumental)
  4. The City That Lies Foursquare
  5. Little Maggie
  6. Sinners, You Better Get Ready
  7. Pickin’ in Caroline (instrumental)
  8. I Had But 50 Cents
  9. Green Pastures In The Sky
  10. Calloway (instrumental)
  11. This World Is Not My Home
  12. Branded Wherever I Go
  13. God Holds The Future In His Hands

This is definitely not your usual Ricky Skaggs CD. This is not the hard driving, fast picking Ricky that we’re used to hearing. This is a softer, kinder, gentler CD of songs his Dad loved. It is his first solo album.

In the liner notes, Ricky tells of growing up in Eastern Kentucky and how he started singing and picking and the influences his Dad had on his musical career.

He is singing lead on all songs with harmony from those in his band on some songs.

On this album he played the following instruments: Acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, mandolins, mandocello, octave mandolin, steel string banjo, gut string fretless banjo, fiddle, piano, bass, electric baritone guitar and percussion! Wow! In fact, he played every instrument on the album.

He is picking banjo on the "Pickin’ in Caroline" instrumental and if you like clawhammer, you’ll really enjoy this tune.

There are two other instrumentals, "Colonel Prentiss" and "Calloway" and for those who like fiddle, you’ll love these instrumentals. He is also pickin’ fiddle on these two instrumentals.

My favorites: "Foggy River", "What is a Home Without Love" and "This World Is Not My Home". The first two are sad love ballads and the last one is a gospel song that I love to pick and sing.

If you like funny songs, "I Had But 50 Cents" will keep you laughing throughout. I must learn this one!

There are several gospel numbers that I had never heard before, "The City That Lies Foursquare." "Sinners, You Better Get Ready" and Green Pastures In The Sky".

This is a very interesting project and one that I will keep and enjoy and listen to often.

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