Music to My Ears

Music to My Ears

by Ricky SkaggsRicky Skaggs


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Since he came on the scene playing with Flatt & Scruggs in 1969, Ricky Skaggs has been a leader in the field of progressive bluegrass, but he's never forsaken the music's deep roots or traditional style. He shows off how well he can bridge those two worlds on Music to My Ears, a record that's traditional and progressive at the same time, without ever sounding forced. The pickers and singers he's chosen for the album are the best Nashville has to offer, and the arrangements are full of surprises. Bee Gee Barry Gibb joins Skaggs on lead vocals for "Soldier's Son," a song steeped in the traditions of protest music and the Celtic folk tradition. Gibb wrote it, but its message is one of lamenting the death of poor soldiers paying the ultimate price for human foolishness. Andy Leftwich's fiddling and Skip Clevenger's bagpipes and pennywhistle give the track a timeless Celtic feel. Skaggs flatpicks his guitar in the style of Doc Watson on "Tennessee Stud," a tribute to his fallen friend. Like Watson, Skaggs brings the lyric to life with his expressive vocals. Electric guitar and piano aren't frequently heard in bluegrass, but Skaggs manages to seamlessly integrate both here. "What Are You Waiting For" is an aching country/bluegrass ballad with subtle keyboards complementing Skaggs' sparse mandolin fills and Gordon Kennedy's electric moving between slide guitar fills that sound like pedal steel and short, subtle, rock-influenced leads. Skaggs plays more traditionally on "You Can't Hurt Ham," a playful tribute to down-home cooking that features Justin Moses' fine banjo picking as well as Skaggs' tasteful mandolin and Carter Stanley's "Loving You Too Well," which showcases Skaggs' soulful vocal style. The title tune is an inspiring prayer for peace with an uplifting chorus that will have you singing along in no time.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890101329
catalogNumber: 901013
Rank: 62871


  1. Blue Night
  2. Things in Life
  3. You Can't Hurt Ham
  4. Music to My Ears
  5. What You Are Waiting For
  6. New Jerusalem
  7. Soldier's Son
  8. Tennessee Stud (For Doc Watson)
  9. Loving You Too Well
  10. You Are Something Else
  11. Nothing Beats a Family

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo,Fretless Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Barry Gibb   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tommy Sims   Background Vocals
Cody Kilby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Paul Brewster   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ben Cooper   Piano,Background Vocals
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Justin Moses   Banjo,Weissenborn
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Skip Clevenger   Bagpipes
Barry Blades   Bass

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Composer,Producer
Don Stover   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Brent King   Engineer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Mark Simos   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Lee Groitzsch   Engineer
Lisa Aschmann   Composer
Melinda Schneider   Composer
Ashley Gibb   Composer
Ben Cooper   Composer,Engineer
Bobby Cudd   Booking
Becky Buller   Composer
Stephen Gibb   Composer
Jeff Taylor   Whistle
Skip Clevenger   Whistle
David Kirk McGee   Composer
Charlotte Scott   Management

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