Live at the Charleston Music Hall

Live at the Charleston Music Hall

by Ricky SkaggsRicky Skaggs


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On this bristling 2002 live set, greeted by wildly enthusiastic applause, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder return the audience's affection with a blistering fiddling and picking exhibition on the traditional "Black Eyed Suzie." From there forward, Skaggs and band make it clear that Live at the Charleston Music Hall is going to be more than the usual run-through of familiar fare. Indeed, it's practically a new album, with less than half of its 24 cuts having been previously recorded. Ever respectful of history, Skaggs sprinkles the repertoire liberally with homages to the Stanley Brothers (a heartrending version of Carter Stanley's tear-jerking ballad "On a Lonesome Night" is an album highlight) and Bill Monroe, whose barn-burning instrumental standard, "Uncle Pen," is greeted by raucous whoops and rhythmic clapping that buoys the sizzling dialogues between fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and Skaggs's jubilant, hollerin' vocal. New tunes include a rustic, traditional country toe-tapper extolling the joys of "A Simple Life" and two Skaggs-penned instrumentals: the Irish jig "Goin' to the Ceili," which features Jeff Taylor on one of the happiest accordion solos in recent memory, and the up-tempo "Crossville," featuring feisty soloing by all of Kentucky Thunder's estimable members. Gospel and family being close to Skaggs's heart, he offers a stirring, mid-tempo meditation in Red Smiley's tender testimonial, "I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer," and a quiet, moving treatment of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" that apportions solos in small, tasty doses designed to add drama to the cautionary tale of an inattentive father. Suffused with the joy of life and good will toward all, Live is another absolute, unqualified triumph for one of the special artists of our time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890100421
catalogNumber: 901004


  1. Introduction
  2. Black-Eyed Suzie
  3. How Mountain Girls Can Love
  4. On a Lonesome Night
  5. Song Intro
  6. Amanda Jewell
  7. Why Did You Wander
  8. Song Intro
  9. A Simple Life
  10. Band Intro
  11. Goin' to the Ceili
  12. The Old Home Place
  13. Song Intro
  14. I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer
  15. Song Intro
  16. Crossville
  17. Song Intro
  18. Somewhere Nice Forever
  19. Uncle Pen
  20. Pig in a Pen
  21. Song Intro
  22. Cat's in the Cradle
  23. Song Intro
  24. Get Up John
  25. [Untitled Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle,Soloist
Jim Mills   Banjo,Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion,tin whistle
Darrin Vincent   Guitar,Background Vocals
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin,Soloist

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Ricky Skaggs   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Harry Chapin   Composer
Red Smiley   Composer
Mitch Jayne   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Dean Webb   Composer
Sandy Chapin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ruby Rakes   Composer

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