Ricky Skaggs – Music to My Ears (2012)
Skaggs may be the only one in Bluegrass today who can afford to carry a seven piece band. We all know that he would still probably have the best instrumentalists if he trimmed the group to a standard 5 piece outfit. But we can’t argue with his choice of musicians like Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Barry Bales (bass), and Justin Moses (banjo)—and Skaggs himself plays a nifty mandolin on all 11 of the tracks on this album. But some long time Bluegrass lovers may wonder about some of the “extra” touches here, like Whistle, Accordion, piano and “keyboard programmer”. Still, the album is well done and about half of it is the kind of excellent Bluegrass that Ricky has given us over the years. There are fine cuts of BLUE NIGHT, LOVING YOU TOO WELL, Don Stover’s great THINGS IN LIFE (Ricky plays clawhammer banjo on this) and TENNESSEE STUD (Ricky’s tribute to Doc Watson). In addition, the band gets in a real groove on a Skaggs original instrumental, NEW JERUSALEM. These tracks are straight, solid Bluegrass and enough to make this CD a “keeper”. Some may enjoy SOLDIER’S SON, a joint effort of Skaggs and Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees), and WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR is nicely done, though with piano it’s more of a country performance.
mp3 320 kbps | 92 MB | UL