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Ricky Skaggs - Country Hits: Bluegrass Style

By Mandolin Cafe
July 12, 2011 - 9:30 am

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Ricky Skaggs - Country Hits: Bluegrass Style

Ricky Skaggs - Country Hits: Bluegrass Style

Nashville, Tenn. — Ricky Skaggs has announced the July 19 release of his upcoming project Country Hits Bluegrass Style on Skaggs Family Records. The 14-song release is a mix between Skaggs' country and bluegrass roots, something he has been sharing with fans around the country on his current Treasure Chest Tour.

Both bluegrass and country lovers alike will enjoy the bluegrass instrumentation along with the impeccable tenor voice of Ricky Skaggs, the man who "single-handedly" saved country music in the early 80's, according to renowned guitarist and producer, Chet Atkins. Ricky's 8-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year, Kentucky Thunder, along with some of Ricky's original award-winning country band alumni and special friends add to the magic of this album.

"We did such good music in the 1980s and early '90s that a lot of fans still shout out 'Honey (Open That Door),' and I felt like we needed to do those songs for them, too," explained Skaggs. "For years now I've had fans come up and ask me to do a CD that would have my old country hits on it. So here it is, done a little different than the original recordings. These were done in more of a bluegrass style. Folks have loved it when we play them on the road. Sure hope you love them too."

Skaggs' first two country #1 singles and standouts on the new album, "Crying My Heart Out Over You" and "I Don't Care," are accompanied by eight more #1 country hits, such as "Cajun Moon" and "Highway 40 Blues." Ricky's superior guitar skills are showcased throughout this bluegrass rendition of his fan-favorite classic, "Country Boy." Other songs include "Uncle Pen," the first bluegrass tune ever to hit #1 on Billboard's country chart, "Don't Get Above Your Raising," "He Was On To Something (So He Made You)," and "Somebody's Prayin'."

Honey(Open That Door)
You've Got A Lover
Cajun Moon
Crying My Heart Out Over You
He Was On To Something (So He Made You)
Highway 40 Blues
Uncle Pen
Lovin' Only Me
I Don't Care
Country Boy
I Wouldn't Change You If I Could
Don't Get Above Your Raising
Somebody's Prayin'

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re simmers
July 12, 2011 11:36 AM
I just listened to the samples of the first 6 tunes. I did not hear anything different than his country versions 20+ years ago. I'm a Skaggs fanatic, but I already own the country versions.

July 12, 2011 12:17 PM
I hear ya. I briefly listened to Heartbroke and *think* it was a recent version, with grass instruments among the steel, but hard to tell.
July 12, 2011 12:19 PM
I tried to order this last night and couldn't get it to get into the check out process.
Scott Tichenor
July 12, 2011 12:28 PM
I've listened to the entire album several times as I received an advance. The thing that impresses me most is the singing. Have to say a lot of what he's doing now seems to be done so with more emotion. Less slick than the originals, more feeling--I prefer these versions. And then there are all those mandolin breaks that aren't on those originals. pjlama, not sure where you were trying to order from but it's technically not available until the 19th, so say on you can't pre-order even. I really like it, but each to their own. There are a few non-bluegrass instruments sprinkled here and there which will likely give a few in the traditional crowd a minor stroke.
Ashville Picker
July 12, 2011 03:10 PM
I preordered today from a promotional email I received from Skaggs Family Records. It went well.

Can't wait to get the CD. Larry
re simmers
July 12, 2011 03:11 PM
I'm sure I'll get it. I'm Skaggs fanatic. Plus, I always liked his country stuff, and I only have it on vinyl.

I went to the Skaggs website and they offer a 'pre-order' at $10.99, but I didn't try to order it yet.

I always liked Heartbroke. And I think Cajun Moon is an underrated tune.

From the short samples I heard, I was a little surprised at the drums & steel.

Joe Mendel
July 14, 2011 01:12 PM
The track listing is very close to the Crack Barrel CD of his country hits from a few years ago. That one is very good, by the way. Does anyone know if these are the same recordings with a couple of extra tracks?
Scott Tichenor
July 15, 2011 04:07 PM
These are said to be all new recordings of the same songs that were on the Cracker Barrel CD. I don't know the entire story but one can guess and probably get it right. Assuming Cracker Barrel wasn't doing the job he wanted done, they had the rights to the recording and instead of him fighting them decided to go into his own studio and remake and resell them on his own. That's my version. Maybe someone else has another.
Darren Bailey
July 18, 2011 01:08 PM
Big Skaggs fan, and have ordered it. Hope it grows on me, but the short excerpts I've listened to on the internet sound far too country for my taste - but as it contains one of my favourite mandolin players I'm not going to turn it down.
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