History of the Future

History of the Future

by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky ThunderRicky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Thursday, May 13


Speak not of a bluegrass resurgence to Ricky Skaggs -- that's what he's been doing full-time since 1997. Skaggs has become his generation's most persuasive ambassador for bluegrass, just as Ralph Stanley is to his and Bill Monroe was to his. That's fast company to run with, but Skaggs keeps pace and keeps the faith every time he goes into the studio. History of the Future gives contemporary bluegrass musicians a new standard to shoot for, as it dramatically demonstrates the intersect between the music and its lyrical sensitivity, a pairing responsible for the genre's timeless allure. The disc bustles with both breakneck, fiery displays of instrumental virtuosity and emotional exuberance, from the whoopin', hollerin' album opener, "Shady Grove," to the joyous closer, "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms." In between there's sweet meat on the bone. Carter Stanley's celebratory "The Old Home," Bill Monroe's mournful "Mother's Only Sleeping," and Paul Overstreet's just-right ballad of redemption and forgiveness, "Halfway Home Café," speak to the family themes Skaggs holds dear (and his vocal on the latter is, arguably, as soul-deep as any he's ever laid down). To balance things out, there's Joe and Rose Maphis's evergreen "Dim Lights Thick Smoke and Loud Music," a honky-tonk "J'accuse!" to a loose woman who'll "never make a wife to a home-lovin' man," sung by Skaggs in convincing brokenhearted tones. With this effortless display, Skaggs and his formidable band, Kentucky Thunder, are starting to make it seem so easy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890100322
catalogNumber: 901003
Rank: 78033


  1. Shady Grove
  2. Your Selfish Heart
  3. Dim Lights Thick Smoke
  4. The Old Home
  5. Road to Spencer
  6. Sawin' on the Strings
  7. Mother's Only Sleeping
  8. Too Far Down to Fall
  9. Halfway Home Café
  10. One Way Track
  11. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Fiddle
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Eric Darken   Percussion
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Jim Mills   Banjo
John Mock   Penny Whistle,Celtic Drum
Darrin Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Vocal Harmony
Kentucky Thunder   Track Performer
Clay Hess   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Composer,Producer
Joe Maphis   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Wesley Golding   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Rose Lee   Composer
Elliot   Composer
Johnny Barranco   Composer
Max Fidler   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ruby Rakes   Composer

Customer Reviews