Ricky Skaggs Honors Monroe

Bluegrass Royalty Ricky Skaggs Ascends New Peak With
Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass, out March 25

Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs is bluegrass royalty, a 12-time Grammy winner (winning the Best Bluegrass Grammy an incredible four times in the last decade) and widely credited with the genre's revival in recent years. With Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and '47, out March 25 on Skaggs Family Records, Skaggs shines the light on two of the most fertile years in bluegrass history. Drawing inspiration from historic recordings of Bill Monroe with the world's first "bluegrass" band (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and Howard Watts), this album brings the bluegrass journey full circle.

In 1945 there was no genre of music called bluegrass, but just two years later the genre had been firmly established by Monroe and his band. With Honoring the Fathers Skaggs hopes not only to celebrate the work of Monroe and his pioneering band, but educate younger fans on bluegrass' beginnings.

Comprised of 12 songs that Monroe and his band recorded in '46 and '47, the album marks a new pinnacle for Skaggs, a landmark in a career with no shortage of landmarks -- from playing the Opry at seven (with Flatt and Scruggs) to multi-platinum country superstardom in the 1980's to an astonishing run of success since returning to bluegrass in 1997. Skaggs position is firm as one of the country's true musical treasures and icons. He could perhaps even be called a modern day country music Midas.

Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass Track Listing (not sequenced):
Why Did You Wander
When You're Lonely
Mighty Dark
Toy Heart
Bluegrass Breakdown
Remember the Cross
I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
Mansions For Me
Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
Little Cabin Home On The Hill
I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling
The Old Cross Roads

[Published on: 12/19/07]

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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 09:28AM
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I agree FSB. However, his last two albums? especially the most recent is has way too much gospel. He gets into jesus more than I can stand. Jesus is good yes, but every track was religious in nature. This wears me out. I realize its part of bluegrass, is gospel-grass, but Skaggs embraces it more than any other bluegrass player I have ever heard. peace out.

Marcsmall Thu 12/20/2007 09:58AM
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Jesus is good, it's his followers who are causing all the problems

acomma Thu 12/20/2007 10:06AM
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very true marcsmall.

Shmo-Kaine starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 10:21AM
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Their isn't anything wrong with people giving thanks to Jesus. That's what he is in to. You don't slam people for talking about "Mother Earth" so why bust balls? Obviosly singing about Jesus brings him joy and fufillment. So just let him do his thing. Besides isn't it about the MUSIC???

willydog Thu 12/20/2007 02:27PM
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Skaggs...honors Monroe...Appropriate. Who better? As a trady mando player this guy is the next gen from Monroe..and there is Sam Bush and Chris Thile and so on and so on... Long live grass!

Marcsmall Thu 12/20/2007 10:13PM
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shmo--I respectfully disagree...More people have been murdered in the name of Christ than for any other reason in the history of Earth. Almost every war that has been waged has been as a result of the hypocritical followers of this religion. I don't know how many people have been murdered in the name of "Mother Earth", but I doubt it is in the hundreds of millions like it is for Christianity.

beatsafari Fri 12/21/2007 02:35AM
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ricky skaggs is an awsome instrumentalist, that being said if you dont like going to church on sunday his live show will bug you

beatsafari Fri 12/21/2007 02:36AM
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saw him at stagecoach and his music was awsome

guitardave starstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 12:14PM
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Manifest Destiny: say no more. Skaggs rules. The 3 Pickers is absolute magic w/ Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs. Gospel and Bluegrass are very much forever intertwined, especially in the Bible Belt. Ricky is a true gentleman, though, and he's a good example of fine raisin'. There is an great version of "Little Cabin" on the Bill Monroe tribute DVD by John Hartford. This album looks awesome. Note to writer: Is Kentucky Thunder the backup band? Who else plays on this?

sbruce44 Fri 12/21/2007 12:21PM
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Every war is fought over one thing: power. If people invoke the name of Christ, it's just a PR ploy. Not to mention, your argument seems to ignore the 20th century, the century of godlessness and nihilism, in which, among others, the two world wars had decidedly un-religious motivations. Oh yeah, not to mention the millions upon millions and counting who have been murdered under communism in Eastern Europe and Asia, where religion is outlawed. But Ricky wants to sing to Jesus, and you'll be damned if you're going to let him do it without making a stink about it.

You don't have to be a believer to understand how great gospel music is; all it takes is a little bit of an open mind about other worldviews and genres of music, especially those that may be scoffed at by your own social circles and demographics.

Moreover, I'm pretty sure that Ricky Skaggs has never killed anyone in the name of Jesus, nor does his music encourage it. So, if you don't mind my asking, what the fuck does Ricky Skaggs have to do with religious war? If you don't like gospel, don't listen to bluegrass, and don't listen to Ricky.

Shmo-Kaine starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 02:42PM
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sbruce that's exactly waht I was trying to get across. good digs!!

leftovercheese4u Wed 12/26/2007 04:19PM
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awesome. I can't wait to hear it.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 11:07AM
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WTF? Ricky Skaggs puts out yet another high quality piece of music and this thread turns into a holy war. The man is a class act all of the way.

andrewq Fri 12/28/2007 08:27PM
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So the man has a defined moral compass that he's not afraid to share. Refreshing. This will be yet another amazing album from a musical master. Can't wait

PrinceofDANKNESS Sat 12/29/2007 02:47AM
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Hey you guys hear that ........ it's the devil laughing cause of all the mindless fools he's got working for him!!!!! owned bitches

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 08:58AM
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Dr. Zaius is afraid of the evil, war-like humans.