Americana Master Series: The Best of Ricky Skaggs

Americana Master Series: The Best of Ricky Skaggs

by Ricky SkaggsRicky Skaggs


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Ricky Skaggs' high lonesome tenor voice and his grounding in the Kentucky string band music that is the wellspring of modern bluegrass has made him a sort of transitional figure between the first generation of bluegrass greats and the neo-traditional reshaping of the genre in the 1990s. This set collects some of his key early tracks with Barry Poss' Sugar Hill Records imprint, whose very first album release as a label was a 1978 offering by Boone Creek, a band that Skaggs was playing with at the time. Sugar Hill officially gave Skaggs a solo contract in 1981 and the rest, as they say, is history. Among the gems here are the traditional songs "Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow" and "Drifting Too Far from the Shore," and a fine version of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891404523
catalogNumber: 4045
Rank: 83713


  1. Daniel Prayed
  2. I'll Stay Around
  3. Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow
  4. Little Cabin Home on the Hill
  5. Drifting Too Far from the Shore
  6. Little Community Church
  7. I'm Not Broke, But I'm Badly Bent
  8. Head Over Heels in Love with You
  9. The Old Crossroads
  10. No Mother or Dad
  11. If I Needed You
  12. Where The Soul of Man Never Dies
  13. I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
John Starling   Guitar,Vocals
Todd Phillips   Bass
Terry Baucom   Banjo,Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals
J.D. Crowe   Banjo
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Cheryl White   Vocals
Sharon White   Vocals
Wes Golding   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Bryant   Bass

Technical Credits

Tony Rice   Arranger,Producer
Ricky Skaggs   Arranger,Producer
John Starling   Producer
Lowell George   Producer
Audie Ashworth   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Barry Poss   Producer
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Gary Oelze   Producer
Martha Ellis   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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